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Childbirth and the law / John Seymour ; with a foreword by Lynn Smith
Bib ID 563302
Format BookBook
Author
Seymour, John A
 
Description Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2000 
xxix, 391 p. ; 24 cm. 
ISBN 0198264682 (acid-free paper)
Summary

This book examines aspects of English, United States, Canadian, and Australian law as it applies to the fetus, the pregnant woman, and the doctor or midwife who provides antenatal and perinatal care. A major part of the book consists of a critical examination of the law's attempts to protect the fetus, which is threatened by conduct such as a criminal assault, maternal drug-taking or parental refusal of medical treatment. The remainder of the work deals with the rapidly expanding and increasingly complex body of law on the liability of obstetricians, general practitioners, and midwives when negligent antenatal or perinatal care has been provided.

Full contents
  • 1. Introduction
  • Pt. I. The Current Law
  • 2. Legal Intervention when a Fetus Is Threatened or Harmed
  • 3. Elements of a Negligence Action in Obstetrics and Midwifery
  • 4. Negligent Treatment in Obstetrics and Midwifery
  • 5. Negligent Failure to Provide Appropriate Information in Obstetrics and Midwifery
  • 6. Other Actions in Obstetrics and Midwifery
  • 7. The Assessment of Damages
  • Pt. II. Assessing the Impact of the Law
  • 8. The Legal Status of the Fetus
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Subjects Obstetrics -- Law and legislation.  |  Fetus -- Legal status, laws, etc.  |  Pregnant women -- Legal status, laws, etc.  |  Obstetricians -- Malpractice.  |  Childbirth.

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