Current Research in Psychology and Behavioral Science
[ ISSN : 2833-0986 ]

The Emergence of Fetal Pain: Some Considerations

Review Article
Volume 4 - Issue 2 | Article DOI : 10.54026/CRPBS/1089

Daniel M Doleys*

Director, Pain and Rehabilitation Institute, USA

Corresponding Authors

Daniel M Doleys, Director, Pain and Rehabilitation Institute, 2270 Valleydale Road- S100, Hoover, Ala 35244, USA


Fetal pain; Consciousness; Cortex; Definitions; Type vs kind

Received : February 16, 2023
Published : March 08, 2023


Pain is a common human event. Yet, the point at which it can be said that a person is able to experience pain remains unclear. For example, is the human fetus capable of feeling pain? If so, is it the same kind of pain known to the more mature individual? The answer, in part, may depend upon the definition of pain, and what are considered to be the essential and necessary components of pain. The role of consciousness, memory, and the cortex, for example, appear to require consideration. This paper explores some of the controversies surrounding these topics. The discussion focuses on whether or not fetal pain can, or should, conform to the standard International Association for the Study Pain (IASP) definition. Or, might fetal pain present a different kind of pain demonstrating some, but not all, of the characteristics of the IASP definition.