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[Quality of anonymous delivery procedures: analysis of practices and ethical issues.]

Abstract : OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to assess implementation of procedures for anonymous delivery and also to determine the awareness of the medical team. MATERIAL: and method. We reviewed retrospectively all deliveries performed in a Paris maternity ward during the years 2000-2003 where the mother requested application of the anonymous procedure. A questionnaire was also addressed to all physicians and midwives in the same institution in order to evaluate their knowledge of the procedures available and their point of view. RESULTS: Among the seventeen deliveries examined, the anonymous procedure was not completely fulfilled for 11 since the name of the mother could be identified. The quality of the files depended on the date at which the decision to use the anonymous procedure was made: delivery was more anonymous when the decision was made at the first consultation, less so when made later. The questionnaires revealed that professionals lacked information and were insufficiently aware of the procedures available. CONCLUSION: It appears useful to establish a standard procedure in order to better protect the parturient's wishes and comply with French law (4 March 2002). This point is particularly important since at the infant's majority, he/she may request access to personal information contained in the medical file.
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Marion Fassy-Colcombet, Vassilis Tsatsaris, Grégoire Moutel, Dominique Cabrol, Christian Hervé. [Quality of anonymous delivery procedures: analysis of practices and ethical issues.]. Journal de Gynécologie Obstétrique et Biologie de la Reproduction, Elsevier Masson, 2006, 35 (7), pp.645-51. ⟨inserm-00112087⟩



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