Neonatal medicine - Chapter downloads

You can download the individual chapters of this report using the links below. (All files are PDFs and less than 850 KB)

Chapter 1 – Introduction

Chapter 2 – Decision making: the ethical issues

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Neonatal medicine - Media coverage

Highlights of media coverage about the report




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Neonatal medicine - Neonatal medicine consultation responses

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics has decided that, where possible, it will post consultation responses on its website. The Working Party has found the replies extremely useful and has considered all the responses.

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Neonatal medicine - Terms of reference

1. To identify and consider ethical, social, economic and legal issues arising from recent developments in fetal and neonatal medicine relating to prolonging life.

2. To examine scientific and medical research in these fields, considering in particular:

  • (a) diagnostics

  • (b) fetal surgery

  • (c) neonatal care (including resuscitation)

  • (d) recent evidence on the capacity of fetuses and the newborn to experience pain and suffering

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BAPM professional guidelines

The British Association of Perinatal Medicine has published professional guidelines on the management of extremely premature babies.

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Launch of the report: Critical care decisions in fetal and neonatal medicine

Critical care decisions in fetal and neonatal medicine: ethical issues was launched at a public seminar on 16th November 2006.

The first session saw Working Party members present the findings of the report. This was followed by a general discussion session. 

Around 100 people attended the launch, including doctors, nurses, families, MPs and other policy makers, and representatives of disability and parent groups.

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Independent ethics body proposes week-by-week guidelines on treating premature babies

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics has set out guidelines on when to give intensive care to extremely premature babies. Advice for parents and doctors is provided, on a week-by-week basis, for treating babies born before 22 weeks up to those born after 25 weeks.

It is extremely rare for babies born before 22 weeks to survive. The Council recommends that intensive care should not be given to these babies at the current time, except as part of a pre-approved research study.

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Nuffield Council on Bioethics seeks views on prolonging life in fetuses and the newborn

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics today launched a consultation on the ethical issues surrounding the prolonging of life in fetuses and the newborn.

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