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Should alcohol abuse in pregnancy entail criminal liability?

A case being heard in the Court of Appeal has raised the vexed issue of whether a pregnant woman could be held criminally liable if her actions damage her unborn child. The case concerns a woman who,...

Deprivation of liberty in midwifery—taking a case to court

Last month's legal column discussed how the acid test for determining a deprivation of liberty applied to the care of women who lack decision-making capacity (Griffith, 2014) As a general rule, where...

Use of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards in midwifery

The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards were introduced in response to a European Court of Human Rights ruling that a man who lacked decision-making capacity had been unlawfully deprived of his liberty...

Expert witnesses under criticism

The UK legal system is adversarial, and profound disagreements are bound to arise when opposing sides present or contest evidence However, there are well-established procedural rules and conventions...

Food Standards Agency proposes ban on placenta products

The Food Standards Agency has announced that in their view, having consulted their European counterparts, placenta is a novel food If confirmed, placenta's classification as novel food will...

Should wheelchairs be given priority over prams and pushchairs on public transport?

Two recent County Court cases have resulted in conflicting judgments over whether bus companies should give priority to wheelchair users over mothers with prams and pushchairs

Never mind the World Cup—Brazil in the obstetric spotlight

With a shrinking world and a mobile healthcare workforce, it is important for midwives to be aware of what happens elsewhere. In June 2014, the International Congress of Midwives (ICM) holds its 30th...

European Union law denies commissioning parents paid leave on the birth of their child

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that parents who have a child through a surrogacy arrangement are not entitled to paid leave equivalent to either maternity leave or adoption leave in the...

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