Babies born dying: just bad karma? A discussion paper

Kain, Victoria J. (2013) Babies born dying: just bad karma? A discussion paper. Journal of religion and health, 53 6: 1753-8. doi:10.1007/s10943-013-9779-x

Author Kain, Victoria J.
Title Babies born dying: just bad karma? A discussion paper
Journal name Journal of religion and health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1573-6571
Publication date 2013-10-06
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10943-013-9779-x
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 53
Issue 6
Start page 1753
End page 8
Total pages 6
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Springer
Language eng
Abstract The paper examines the notion of being born dying and karma. Karma is a belief upheld by Buddhists and non-Buddhists: That is, karma follows people from their previous lives into their current lives. This raises a difficult question: Does karma mean that a baby's death is its own fault? While great peace can be found from a belief in karma, the notion of a baby's karma returning in some sort of retributive, universal justice can be de-emphasized and is considered "un-Buddhist." Having an understanding of karma is intrinsic to the spiritual care for the dying baby, not only from the perspective of parents and families who have these beliefs, but also for reconciling one's own beliefs as a healthcare practitioner.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work Publications
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