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[Antenatal palliative plan following diagnosis of fetal lethal condition: Rennes Teaching Hospital experience]

Journal title
Journal de gynecologie, obstetrique et biologie de la reproduction
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Betremieux, P.; Druyer, J.; Bertorello, I.; Huillery, M. L.; Brunet, C.; Le Bouar, G.

OBJECTIVES: To study the pregnancies followed at Rennes University Hospital from 2006 to 2012, after prenatal diagnosis of lethal fetal condition and prenatal project of palliative care at birth consisting of comfort care emphasizing parent-child encounters and bonding. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Retrospective study of 20 pregnancies with diagnosis of lethal fetal condition where parents accepted antenatally the proposal or sought for palliative care at birth. RESULTS: Diagnosis was made at a median age of 20 weeks gestation (12-33). Birth occurred at 37.4 WG, 6 caesarean sections were performed for maternal conditions. Six cases of hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) share common characteristics: good Apgar score, prolonged survival (26hours to 159days) transfer to neonatology ward (6) or later at home (4). In four multiple pregnancies, the choice of SP mainly contributed to protect healthy twins during pregnancy. In birth room, there was no need for invasive procedure or drugs. Death: one occurred during labor, 8 in birth room before H2, others in neonatal ward before d4 (excluding HLHS). CONCLUSION: These data will enable better antenatal preparation of both teams and parents. Lifetime, however short, allowed parents to meet with their child alive this permitting collection of memory traces and bonding.

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