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AAPT, pregnancy loss and planning ahead
  1. Victoria Adkins1,2,
  2. Elizabeth Chloe Romanis3
  1. 1 School of Law and Criminology, University of Greenwich, London, UK
  2. 2 School of Law and Social Sciences, Royal Holloway University of London, Egham, UK
  3. 3 Gender and Law at Durham, Durham University, Durham, UK
  1. Correspondence to Victoria Adkins; V.N.P.Adkins{at}

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The commentaries in response to our feature paper1 are indicative of the varied perspectives that can be taken towards artificial amnion and placenta technology (AAPT) and more specifically its relationship with pregnancy (loss).

Kennedy rightly argues that empirical research is essential for understanding the experiences of pregnancy loss and AAPT2 and our own advocacy of empirical research is evident in previous work.3–5 Kennedy also acknowledges the current impossibility of researching AAPT experiences since it has not yet been applied in clinical settings. It is precisely for this reason that we draw on the reported experiences of neonatal intensive care (NICU) parents since they present the closest analogy which can be drawn with the technology.1 What we reject in Kennedy’s response, however, is the claim that the experiences of NICU parents have been ‘exploited’ by us.2 Studies documenting the experiences of NICU parents were drawn on to indicate that our considerations are more than mere speculation. As stated, the experiences of NICU parents, particularly the pregnant individual who experiences pregnancy loss, are the closest indication we have of how AAPT and what it entails may be experienced. To claim that this data is being exploited by us is to undermine the very purpose that such research is undertaken—to indicate how future care may be improved. It would be much more harmful to not use this information. While we believe that experiences of …

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  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

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  • This is also the drive behind future empirical research that we are undertaking. See for more information.

  • Acknowledging NICU being the closest synergy in terms of understanding parental experience does not, however, require conceding that NICU and AAPT are the same. We are of the view that there are important metaphysical distinctions between NICU care pathways and AAPT care pathways.14 15

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