This book examines the principles and realities of ethics in midwifery practice today. It explains basic ethical theory, looking at how dilemmas occur and the ethical bases on which conflicts can be resolved. Through a series of case studies, options and issues for consideration are reviewed, particularly in areas of increasing concern and debate such as confidentiality, autonomy, screening, abortion, assisted conception and withholding treatment. This book is valuable to all students and practicing midwives who need to understand the principles and practice of ethics, especially how to apply ethical thought and action in their own day-to-day work.
By Shirley Jones, MA, RGN, RM, ADM, Cert Ed (FE), Teaching (Midwifery), Supervisor of Midwives, Principal Lecturer/ Supervisor of Midwives, School of Women's Health Studies, Faculty of Health and Community Care, n University of Central England, Birmingham, UK