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From pregnancy to palliative care: advancing professional midwifery practice?

Journal title
The practising midwife
Publication year
2015
Author(s)
Peacock, V.; Price, J.; Nurse, S.
Pages
18, 20-2, 24-5
Volume
18
Number
10

Historically midwives may have not considered palliative care as a part of their professional role. Enhanced technologies and antenatal screening have broadened the boundaries of care. However do midwives truly embrace the philosophy of palliative care into their practice? This paper presents the discussion round a case study that demonstrates the evolving area of advanced practice: perinatal palliative care. What we highlight is that midwives in fact have an important collaborative role to play in ensuring that palliative care for the baby and family starts as soon as a life-limiting condition is recognised, thus ensuring best care and support are provided for those parents and families for whom pregnancy sadly leads to palliative care. Five key lessons for practice are outlined.

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