Is pregnancy a disease?

By Joona Räsänen. Pregnancy shares many similarities with conditions we classify as diseases. In our new paper, “Is Pregnancy a Disease? A Normative Approach,” published in the Journal of Medical Ethics, we suggest that there are several reasons why pregnancy should be classified as a disease. Like other diseases, pregnancy causes a wide range of […]

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Could a potential cure for morning sickness actually lead to more discrimination for pregnant women?

By Frances Hand. Scientific research has recently been published which explains why almost 80% of women experience morning sickness during pregnancy. This study revealed a causal link between foetal production of the hormone GDF15 and nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. It is therefore hoped that, given this new information, more precise mechanisms can now be […]

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Premature endings: Pregnancy loss and artificial placentas

By Victoria Adkins and Elizabeth Chloe Romanis. Our paper Artificial Placentas, Pregnancy Loss & Loss-Sensitive Care discusses the concept of pregnancy loss without procreative loss: this is how we can recognise the experience of loss formerly pregnant individuals may feel when their pregnancy ends prematurely, even if their foetus/premature infant survives. After articulating and exploring […]

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Ethical disclosure of information in childbirth

Kelly Irvine and Rebecca CH Brown. Contemplating what ethical care during pregnancy looks like leads to considerations of how, when and what information is provided. The provision of information is not a new concept medically or legally: it is well established that healthcare providers must ensure that patients are informed about the medical treatments available […]

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Extra-corporeal gestation, or why things still stink

By Giulia Cavaliere. It is once again November and I am once again—three years since writing this piece—thinking about extra-corporeal gestation, the futuristic prospect of supporting foetuses in an artificial uterine environment. Considering that it cannot be the approaching winter months that sparked a wave of fresh thoughts on this technological possibility, what is? A […]

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Fetal alcohol syndrome and abortion

By Simon Cushing In several publications, the philosopher Perry Hendricks has pushed an argument that he calls “the impairment argument,” intended to demonstrate that our horror at causing impairments such as fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) to our children in utero should lead us to regard abortion with at least equal horror, as surely death is […]

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Multifetal pregnancy reduction – why would you do it?

By Gregory K Pike. Multifetal Pregnancy Reduction (MFPR) was initially a response to the high incidence of multiples in Assisted Reproductive Technology. It has even been called “an integral fail-safe of infertility practice”. Its goal was, and mostly still is, to improve outcomes by terminating some fetuses in a multiple pregnancy, on the grounds that […]

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