Perinatal Palliative Care
Support for families facing difficult decisions
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Woman's Perinatal Palliative Care program offers support for families when expecting a newborn with life-limiting conditions.
Palliative care can provide the best quality of life - whether for months, days or only hours. It can also be combined with curative care to provide comfort as well as prolong life.
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
- 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.