Neonatal ethical issues: Viability, advance directives, family centered care

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Ethical issues in perinatal and NICU settings can arise from a variety of situations. This article focuses on issues surrounding viability and the incorporation of advance directives and familycentered care. Prenatal education about infant viability, probable scenarios, and parental involvement in decision-making are addressed. Considerations for advance directives for complex births and critical decisions at the time of birth are also discussed. Implications for nurses and suggested dialogue strategies are provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)180-185
Number of pages6
JournalMCN The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Advance directives
  • Neonatal ethical issues
  • Parental decision-making
  • Viability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology (nursing)
  • Maternity and Midwifery


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