Pregnancy loss care should not be biased in favour of human gestation

Journal of Medical Ethics 50 (5):312-313 (2024)
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In their paper, Romanis and Adkins delve into the potential impact of artificial amnion and placenta technology (AAPT) on cases of pregnancy loss1 that do not involve procreative loss. First, they call for more recognition of the negative feelings a person might have due to the premature end of their pregnant state. They claim that, should AAPT minimise concerns about prematurity as anticipated, individuals might feel pressured to opt for partial ectogestation to preserve their or their fetus’ well-being; moreover, they point out that the feelings of loss in the context of AAPT are likely to be worse than the ones reported in neonatal intensive care units cases. Finally, they advocate for care pathways focusing on how the transfer of a fetus to the AAPT could affect the pregnant person, with particular attention to managing the grief potentially caused by the pregnancy loss. I praise the authors for such a call to action—especially since partial ectogestation is expected to become a reality in the short-term future—and I share their demands for additional and more attentive care of (formerly) pregnant patients. However, I am concerned that their approach is so focused on negative feelings towards pregnancy loss that it risks becoming …

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AAPT, pregnancy loss and planning ahead.Victoria Adkins & Elizabeth Chloe Romanis - 2024 - Journal of Medical Ethics 50 (5):318-319.

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Beyond Pregnancy: A Public Health Case for a Technological Alternative.Andrea Bidoli & Ezio Di Nucci - 2023 - International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 16 (1):103-130.

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