Distributor:  The Fanlight Collection
Length:  58 minutes
Date:  1998
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: College/Adult/Professional
Color/BW:  Color
Closed captioning available
Interactive transcript available
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Dreams and Dilemmas

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Follows a couple and their premature twins during six months in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, as it explores ethical dilemmas raised by advances in neonatal medicine.

Dreams and Dilemmas

Advances in neonatal medicine have dramatically improved the survival chances of premature infants, yet survival can come at a high cost. Many such infants experience severe and often life-threatening health problems, and their parents and caregivers may confront enormously difficult and troubling decisions.

This compelling documentary follows one couple and their premature twin sons over the course of six months in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Without narration or preaching, it allows viewers to experience and share in the dilemmas confronted by the parents and by their nurses, physicians, social worker and hospital chaplain. It will be a powerful tool for discussion for students and professionals in healthcare and the social services. Study Guide included. Continuing education credits available.

A complete transcript of the original 58-minute version (1998) is available for download.

'A compelling narrative which raises many ethical and professional issues relevant to healthcare workers. Excellent examples of teamwork and communication with the family.' International Congress on the Care of the Terminally Ill

'Captures the almost unbearable stress of any neonatal ICU, and the pressure parents experience when they must make complex life and death decisions. Highly recommended for use with healthcare professionals, nursing and medical students, and classes in biomedical ethics.' Religious Studies Review

'A riveting story of one family's struggle with medical, ethical, financial, and practical issues surrounding their premature twin sons. This program will be fascinating to anyone with an interest in the issues of healthcare ethics.' MC Journal


Special Recognition, American Academy of Nursing
Silver Apple, National Educational Media Network
Best Documentary, New Hampshire Film Festival
First Place, National Council on Family Relations
Silver Award, Worldfest Houston
Silver Chris, Best of Division, Columbus International
Bronze, Health Sciences Communications Assn.


Main credits

Kahn, Richard (film producer)
Kahn, Richard (photographer)
Kahn, Richard (film editor)

Distributor credits

with the Ethics Institute at Dartmouth College

with the Ethics Institute at Dartmouth College
By Richard Kahn

Docuseek2 subjects

Medical Ethics
Maternal and Child Health

Distributor subjects

Ethical Dilemmas
Family Relations
Issues and Ethics
Parenting and Childbirth


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