John Seymour

in Childbirth and the Law

Published in print July 2000 | ISBN: 9780198264682
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682759 | DOI:

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This introductory chapter sets out the purpose of the book, which is to explore the law’s impact on pregnant women, their fetuses, and the doctors and midwives who care for them. This impact might be felt during pregnancy or after a child’s birth. During a pregnancy, the law might seek to protect the fetus. After the birth, if negligent antenatal or perinatal care has caused harm, the legal system might be called on to respond to a claim for damages by the parents and child. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords: law; pregnant women; fetus; pregnancy

Chapter.  1573 words. 

Subjects: Medical and Healthcare Law

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