Medicine and the Law

Legal aspects of caring for dying newborn infants

Loane Skene, Paul Nisselle



Does the law unduly prolong the dying period of critically ill newborn infants? Should they be given palliative care for their parents’ and carers’ benefit as well as their own?

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Parents’ perceptions of the dying process

Three Scottish health practitioners have recently challenged the medical community (and the law) to think of new ways to deal with the dying of critically ill newborn infants from whom intensive care is withheld or withdrawn after deciding that death is inevitable.