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Childbirth and the Law

John Seymour


This book examines aspects of English, United States, Canadian, and Australian law as it applies to the fetus, the pregnant woman, and the doctor or midwife who provides antenatal and perinatal care. A major part of the book consists of a critical examination of the law’s attempts to protect the fetus, which is threatened by conduct such as a criminal assault, maternal drug-taking, or parental refusal of medical treatment. The remainder of the work deals with the rapidly expanding and increasingly complex body of law on the liability of obstetricians, general practitioners, and midwives when n ... More

Keywords: childbirth, United States law, Canadian law, Australian law, fetus, maternal drug-taking, antenatal intervention, child protection, maternal autonomy, law of negligence, English law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198264682
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198264682.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Seymour, author
Australian National University, Canberra