Ethical Considerations Fundamental to Progress

GAPPS upholds the highest ethical standards in the U.S. and around the world. Mothers face ethical dilemmas during pregnancy and in caring for preterm babies that are not well understood, and they directly influence whether or not interventions will succeed. Our ability to increase global awareness around adverse birth outcomes is also greatly affected by issues like moral and cultural attitudes about stillbirth.

GAPPS is building relationships around the world to help identify and address ethical issues surrounding preterm birth and stillbirth. Our focus is on ethical questions relating to basic science, developing countries and interventions. One example is a GAPPS’ study designed to improve our understanding of the social and psychological impacts of prematurity and stillbirth in Africa.

With a special focus on developing countries, GAPPS facilitates independent and collaborative work needed to address critical research and policy questions related to ethics.


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