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Nursing the unborn and newborn

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Abstract

The issues raised in the context of nursing the unborn and newborn are sometimes agonising ones. They frequently concern matters of life and death, and many problems, such as that of abortion, have generated and continue to generate much discussion. What we shall try to do in this chapter is to throw light on new developments, and on the ways in which the issues specifically affect nurses. The issue of abortion is one that arises for every health professional and every thinking person. It is nurses, however, who may have to handle a dead foetus, and to care for women even if, in some cases, they disapprove of their reasons for having an abortion.

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© Ruth Chadwick & Win Tadd 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Applied Ethics Philosophy SectionUniversity of Wales College of CardiffUK
  2. 2.Gwent Health AuthorityUK

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