Norfolk science lecture looks at ethical challenges
What are the ethical challenges in managing sick and premature babies? Dr Amanda Ogilvy-Stuart, a consultant in neonatal medicine will share her insights as a medical expert and Christian doctor on November 6.
Dr Amanda Ogilvy-Stuart is a consultant in Neonatal Medicine at the Rosie Hospital, Cambridge. She will be speaking in Norwich on Monday 6th November at an open meeting organised by Science and Faith in Norfolk (SFN).
The meeting is on Monday 6th November 7.30 – 8.45 pm at Trinity Meeting Place, Essex St. Norwich NR2 2BJ
Recent developments in neonatal care mean that ever-smaller premature babies can now be kept alive, including babies with severe congenital abnormalities. This results in several ethical dilemmas. Should we attempt to resuscitate all premature babies irrespective of possible disability? Is it ethical to withdraw intensive care once this has been started? How do we balance what is medically possible with genuine compassion for the child and parents? When does medical care become too expensive?
In ancient civilisations, babies and children were considered to have little intrinsic worth and infanticide was culturally acceptable. By contrast, Judeo-Christian understanding is that each life, including the new-born, is of unique value and must be protected. Nowadays, sick babies and children often invoke an outpouring of compassion and charitable giving. But, on the other hand, some unfortunate children are born with a high chance of extremely severe disability. How do doctors and relatives resolve these difficult issues in the ethics of neonatal medicine?
The meeting will take place from 7.30 – 8.45 pm at Trinity Meeting Place, Essex St., Norwich NR2 2BJ. All are welcome to this open lecture and discussion organised by Science and Faith in Norfolk (SFN), a Norwich-based group loosely affiliated to Christians in Science. Meetings and lectures aim to explore the interface between science and religious belief. No booking is required. There will be a retiring collection.
For further information contact Professor Nick Brewin (07901 884114); email@example.com.
Pictured above: Dr Amanda Ogilvy-Stuart