This book bridges the gap between cultural values and medical technology, focusing in the areas of conception, birth, and neonatality. It brings together research data and analysis particularly relevant for social scientists as well as nurses, public health professionals, and physicians.
Introduction Part One: Ethics of Quality, Access, and Care During Pregnancy 1. The Ultimate Failure: Court-Ordered Cesarean Section 2. Chromosomes and Communication: The Discourse of Genetic Counseling 3. Ethical Issues in the Delivery of Quality Care to Pregnant Indigent Women Part Two: Ethical Decisions in the Treatment of Newborns 4. Life-and-Death Decisions and the Sociology of Knowledge: The Case of Neonatal Intensive Care 5. Deciding to Treat Newborns: Changes in Pediatricians' Responses to Treatment Choices 6. Decision Making About Care of Catastrophically Ill Newborns: The Use of Technological Criteria 7. From Principles to Practice: Life-and-Death Decisions in the Intensive-Care Nursery Part Three: Ethical Implications of Family Formation by Surrogacy 8. The Technology of AID and Surrogacy 9. Secrecy and the New Reproductive Technologies 10. Commercial Surrogacy: Social Issues Behind the Controversy 11. Surrogate Mothering in the Marketplace: Will Sales Law Act as Surrogate for Surrogacy Law? 12. Surrogacy in the United Kingdom 13. The Baby M Case: A Class Struggle over Undefined Rights, Unenforceable Responsibilities, and Inadequate Remedies