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From the Editor

Section Editor(s): Bruder, Mary Beth PhD; Editor

doi: 10.1097/IYC.0000000000000129
From the Editor

The author declares no conflict of interest.

Hippocrates II was born in Kos, Greece, in 460 BC. He is referred to as the father of Western medicine, as his beliefs and practices still guide physicians today. Hippocrates was also a teacher of others and wrote medical texts to preserve the information he discovered about health care and treatment. Perhaps, his greatest contribution was in the professionalization of medicine as a discipline of observation, documentation, and ethics. His legacy and influence on the field of health care are evidenced today in the Hippocratic Oath, which defines medical ethics and is taken by all physicians upon entry into the profession. The oath is summed up in one key phrase: First, do not harm.

Although not all of us are physicians, all of us in helping professions have ethics codes to define and guide our professional practice with infants, young children, and their families. These codes are meant to reflect a profession's values, morals, and beliefs and govern professional decisions and conduct. Their primary purpose is to protect those we serve in practice; however, I believe our ethical responsibilities extend beyond our individual practice to the larger population of vulnerable infants, young children, and their families. This is especially true when actions that will harm members of this population are instituted on behalf of a government policy. As professionals, we know that policies and actions have long-term ramifications for those affected, both directly and indirectly. Isn't it our ethical responsibility to use our professional knowledge and skills to guide, influence, and protest harm when it is happening to infants, young children, and their families, no matter the reason?

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