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Five Incredible Babies, Five Paradigm Cases That Greatly Influenced Neonatal Ethics: What Do Their Parents Say Today?

Section Editor(s): Catlin, Anita DNSc, FNP, FAAN

doi: 10.1097/ANC.0b013e3181c20026
Ethical Issues in Newborn Care: Select Anniversary Content

As the National Association of Neonatal Nurses celebrates its 25th year, we look back at 5 cases that reflect the times in which these babies were born and whose stories have impacted the development of neonatal ethics. These 5 stories take us through the periods of “all must be done” to “parents can choose” and to “are we overdoing?” Neonatal nurses can receive guidance from these wise parents today.

Professor of Nursing, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, California.

Address correspondence to Anita Catlin, DNSc, FNP, FAAN, Sonoma State University, 1801 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park, CA 94928; catlin@sonoma.edu.

The author appreciates the assistance of Marianne Rogoff in preparing this article.

© 2009 National Association of Neonatal Nurses