In Australia and New Zealand midwives and anaesthetists generally provide an excellent labour analgesia service. However, subtle and usually unconscious deprioritising of labour analgesia over other immediate duties, or an unjustified regard for the pain of labour as somehow different to other causes of acute severe pain, can occasionally manifest in delays administering epidural pain relief. In addition, very rarely, practitioners may explicitly argue that their personal conception of beneficence is strong enough to override an autonomous woman’s desire for epidural analgesia in labour. In this presentation I argue that, in addition to the common ethical questions around informed consent in the throes of labour, questions of justice and injustice are also prominent.
|Publication status||Published - 1 May 2022|
|Event||Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists 2022: Emerging - Perth, Perth, Australia|
Duration: 28 Apr 2022 → 3 May 2022
|Conference||Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists 2022|
|Abbreviated title||ANZCA ASM 2022|
|Period||28/04/22 → 3/05/22|