Degree course: 
Corso di First cycle degree in Midwifery
Academyc year when starting the degree: 
Academyc year when helding the course: 
Course type: 
Basic compulsory subjects
Second semester
Standard lectures hours: 
Detail of lecture’s hours: 
Lesson (16 hours)

The requirements are the same as for the whole IC (see)

Voto Finale

The objectives are the same as for the whole Integrated Course:

Ethical virtues and professional skills of a midwife (generally speaking, professional in obstetrics). Moral roles and responsibilities in health-care settings. Cases of conflict between moral principles and new Italian and European laws about the aims, role and limits of the professionals involved in the biomedical field (medical obstetricians, midwives, nurses, technicians, researchers, educators, social workers). Definition of biomedical ethics in a nursing outlook; bioethics at the beginning of life (paying attention to the moral status of embryo, the abortion and the assisted procreation/reproduction) and end of life (with special regard to palliative care, in a bio-psycho-social and person-centered perspective); counselling, psychotherapy and ethics; ethical issues in the scientific research and in drug experimentation (in order to protect human rights, to defend an independent scientific information and to avoid conflicts of interest), in the clinical practice (truth telling, confidentiality, consent and so on), in the public health care (justice, risks of health care commercialization, vaccination, organ transplantation, animal rights, the social meaning of birth and the duty to respect gender-identities, religious values, conditions of poverty, ethnic origins). About 16 hours of direct interpersonal teaching (8 for beginning of life, 4 for end-of-life issues, 4 for the other issues) are required as a general basic introduction.

P.M. Cattorini, Bioetica. Metodo ed elementi di base per affrontare problemi clinici, Elsevier, Milano, 4th ed., 2011 (in its Index you find the topics required); P.M. Cattorini, Bioetica e cinema, FrancoAngeli, Milano, 2° ed. 2006; T.L. Beauchamp – J.F. Childress, Principles of Biomedical Ethics, Oxford Univ. Press, last edition; G.Boniolo-P.Maugeri, Eds., Etica alle frontiere della biomedicina Milano, Mondadori, 2014; D. Neri, La bioetica in laboratorio, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2005; H. Kuhse, Caring. Nursing, Women and Ethics, Oxford, Wiley-Blackwell,1997; S. Vegetti Finzi, Volere un figlio, Milano, Mondadori, 1997.

The introductory theoretical lessons in Bioethics, given by the teacher, display ethical theories, moral principles, ways of reasoning, logical rules, linguistic ambiguities, different styles of behavior and controversial cases, with regard to the pluralistic social arena, where midwives (or professionals in obstetrics) and medical obstetricians work. Students are invited to react, to raise questions and objections, to ask for clarification and deepening, to debate the issues in the class-group, to demand further teaching aids. Narrative texts, especially motion pictures, involve the students in the emotional heart of complex nursing/caring situations, foster the expression of individual insights and feelings, prepare a mature staff discussion and shared decision.

Reception Hours: for more information and individual consultation in “Padiglione Antonini”, via Rossi 9, 21100 Varese, the student is invited to preliminarily contact prof. Cattorini at his email address: .

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