8 March 2017Time: 5:00 - 7:00pm
Venue: 39 Essex Chambers, 81 Chancery Lane, London WC2 1DD
This seminar is co-hosted by Queen Mary's School of Law, 39 Essex Chambers and Birthrights and is part of the 'Conversations in Health Law’ series.
This seminar will take a critical look at forced caesarean decisions in the Court of Protection including:
- What is the appropriate threshold for capacity to make childbirth decisions? How does the court’s assessment of capacity in childbirth compare to capacity to make other reproductive decisions?
- What evidence does the court use to assess a woman’s best interests in childbirth? Are there more sources of evidence on which the court could draw?
- How can the court be better informed of the woman’s preferences?
- What role does safety of the foetus play in decision-making?
- What is the procedure for bringing these cases to court? Can it be improved?
Chaired by Mrs Justice Parker DBE.
- Professor Lesley Page CBE, President of The Royal College of Midwives
- Dr Daghni Rajasingam, Consultant Obstetrician, Guys and St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust
- Dr Jo Black, Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Director for Perinatal Mental Health at NHS England
- Polly Sands, specialist perinatal mental health midwife at Guys and St Thomas's NHS Trust
- Seaneen Molloy-Vaughan, writer, mental health blogger, and mum of one
- Elizabeth Prochaska, Matrix Chambers and Birthrights
- Victoria Butler-Cole, 39 Essex Chambers.
Refreshments will be provided after the seminar.
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