Fetal Pain

A Medical Detective Story: What you felt before you were born.

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A neurologist reveals startling facts about prenatal development research that has only recently came to light. Until the 1980's, it was assumed that the fetus and the newborn child could not sense pain.

Now leading researchers agree:
- The fetus perceives pain at 20 weeks gestation or even earlier.
- There is anatomical, physiological, and behavioural evidence of fetal pain.
- The fetus may experience pain more intensely than an adult.

Why has a recent review stated that a fetus cannot sense pain until 29 weeks?
What are the implications of this review for child centered pediatric medicine?

Dr. Paul Ranalli reveals the science and politics of fetal pain during this deVeber Institute annual public lecture.

Dr. Paul Ranalli, MD, FRCPC is a neurologist at the Humber River Regional Hospital, the Toronto Western Hospital, and the Toronto General Hospital. He is a lecturer and clinical instructor at the University of Toronto Medical School. Dr.

New Evidence in Prenatal Development Ignored

Pain Experience of a Fetus Might Be Even Worse Than Adult Pain

Toronto, Canada (October 2, 2008) – The politics of abortion have distorted the science of fetal pain, causing a potential conflict with modern pediatric medicine, according to neurologist and University of Toronto lecturer Dr. Paul Ranalli last night. He was speaking to a gathering of 100 people for the deVeber Institute's Annual General Meeting at St. Michael's College at the University of Toronto.