*Re DD

Mental health – Court of Protection. There was an application before the court in respect of DD, a 36 year old woman with learning difficulties, who was pregnant with her sixth child. The applicants sought for declarations and orders in relation to the care and health of DD during the final stage of her current pregnancy, and in the safe delivery of the unborn baby. The applicants applied for a further order authorising the conduct of an assessment of DD's capacity to make decisions about contraception, following the imminent birth. The Court of Protection made the orders as requested based on the evidence before the court and taking into account the Metal Capacity Act 2005. However the court held that it was not in DD's best interest that she should be subject of a one day assessment of her capacity to make decisions about contraception at the present stage.

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