Bioethics and Medical Ethics | Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Deeply complex ethical questions can arise when deciding whether to continue or stop life-sustaining treatments for critically ill newborns. Various factors that can influence these decisions are explored, such as the expected quality of life for the newborn, the resources that the family and hospital have at their disposal, and the role of religious beliefs. Emphasis is placed on the importance of striking a balance between the child's best interest, the autonomy of the parents, and the medical facts. The potential psychological and physical consequences for parents who decide to stop treatment, which often results in the loss of their newborn, are also highlighted. It is also important to stress the need for educating patients and their families, adopting a holistic approach to patient care, providing a range of options, giving priority to the opinions of patients and their families, and maintaining an objective stance when dealing with ethical dilemmas in a hospital setting.