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Ethical dilemmas in perinatal psychiatry

  • Rosalind Ramsay (a1) and Channi Kumar (a2)
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This paper discusses ethical dilemmas that arise in parenting assessments on an in-patient Mother and Baby Unit with reference to one subject, a mother with schizophrenia who had been referred for a specialist opinion. The case raises ethical issues about the sometimes conflicting needs and wishes of mothers and their infants, and considers the requirements of the Children Act.

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BJPsych Bulletin
  • ISSN: 0955-6036
  • EISSN: 1472-1473
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Ethical dilemmas in perinatal psychiatry

  • Rosalind Ramsay (a1) and Channi Kumar (a2)
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