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A Journal on Forensic Medicine
Minerva Medicolegale 2003 September;123(3):167-78
The protection of maternity. Legal and insurance medicine problems
The present paper reviews a number of the legal medicine and juridical aspects of one of the most natural of events: pregnancy and childbirth. The themes of professional negligence of the medical personnel and the rights of the mother and foetus before and the newborn after, the organisation of the health structures involved, the present state of jurisprudence and the insurance protection of the health professional are considered. To conclude, some proposals for the future are offered.