Palliative Care

Palliative CareWoman's Perinatal Palliative Care program offers support for families facing difficult decisions when expecting a newborn with life-limiting conditions.

Challenge

  • Sometimes, a patient cannot be cured or is experiencing life-limiting conditions. Palliative care can provide the best quality of life for an ill patient, whether for months, days or only hours, or be combined with curative care to provide comfort as well as prolong life.
  • Many families experience a variety of pregnancy complications and high risk conditions, including intrauterine demise, extreme prematurity, anomalies and genetic malformations incompatible with life.

Woman's Response

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  • Woman's Palliative Care program offers support and training for families facing difficult decisions, recognizing that the patient and the patient’s family is part of the care team. 

How it Works

  • Palliative care is offered to patients of all ages and at any stage of illness.
  • In the NICU, palliative care includes symptom relief and pain management for the infant and supportive care for the parents. Individual care is based on parents’ wishes as well as spiritual and cultural beliefs.
  • Woman's perinatologists, neonatologists, nurses, social workers, pharmacists, nutritionists, chaplains and more work together to support patients and their families.
  • Adult patients diagnosed with cancer may also receive palliative care. The care team focuses on improving the patient's quality of life by relieving symptoms, pain and distress. The emphasis is on the person, not the disease.