Vol V, Issue 1 Date of Publication: February 17, 2020
DOI: https://doi.org/10.20529/IJME.2020.05

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Ethics and law in maternal-foetal surgery

Ben Wilkinson
Herein I provide a reflection on the ethical and moral complexities that surround foetal surgery. Foetal surgery is an ethically complex area within obstetric medicine, which requires clinicians to exercise their own judgement about morality and personhood in making decisions about treatment. I reflect on my experience of observing a foetal medical procedure as a student and summarise the complex ethical challenges that arise during such procedures. I provide learning points at the end of the discussion that should stimulate medical students and junior medical team members to reflect on their own practice and how they use their experiences of morally complex cases to improve their future practice.

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©Indian Journal of Medical Ethics 2020: Open Access and Distributed under the Creative Commons license ( CC BY-NC-ND 4.0),
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