Caring for the Jehovah's Witness Parturient

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(Abstracted from Anesth Analg, 121:1564–1569, 2015)

Allogeneic blood transfusion is considered by Jehovah's Witnesses to be a violation of God's law, and this can present many ethical, legal, and health concerns when medical care is needed. Especially in cases dealing with childbirth, where substantial blood loss can occur, having an efficient and effective plan and line of communication between the parturient and her caregivers is crucial to ensure the most beneficial outcome for the patient while respecting her constitutionally protected right to make an informed choice about her medical treatment.

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