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Seventh-Day Adventists and Care for the Newborn 

Seventh-Day Adventists and Care for the Newborn
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Seventh-Day Adventists and Care for the Newborn
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Gerald R. Winslow

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10.1093/med/9780190636852.003.0012
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date: 20 April 2021

As a practical expression of their faith, Seventh-day Adventists have established healthcare institutions, including facilities for the intensive care of newborn infants. This chapter provides a brief history of Adventist engagement in health care and seeks to explain how core Adventist convictions provide the motivation for providing such care and shape the way it is given. The chapter also describes how Adventist beliefs may affect the ways in which Adventists or their family members receive health care. This includes beliefs in divine creation, human wholeness, freedom of conscience, spiritual commitment to health, and worldwide mission. Adventists believe that, by the Creator’s design, each person is a spiritual and physical unity. Using the example of a specific case of neonatal intensive care, the chapter explores how Adventist convictions are likely to support and inform caregiving and care receiving. Also described are Adventist principles for end-of-life care.

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