The Ulysses contract in obstetrics: a woman's choices before and during labour

Journal of Medical Ethics 39 (1):27-30 (2013)
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Women recognise that labour represents a mind-altering event that may affect their ability to make and communicate decisions and choices. For this reason, birth plans and other pre-labour directives can represent a form of Ulysses contract: an attempt to make binding choices before the sometimes overwhelming circumstances of labour. These choices need to be respected during labour, but despite the reduced decisional and communicative capacity of a labouring woman, her choices, when clear, should supersede decisions made before labour

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Principles of Biomedical Ethics.Tom L. Beauchamp - 1979 - New York: Oxford University Press.
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