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Perinatal hospice. [Editorial]

Publication year
2001
Author(s)
Hoeldtke, Nathan J. M. D. a; Calhoun, Byron C. M. D. b
Pages
525-529
Volume
185
Number
3

When the prenatal diagnosis of a lethal fetal anomaly has been established, some patients choose to continue their pregnancy. Currently, there is a paucity of medical literature addressing the specific management of families in this unique circumstance. We propose a model of care that incorporates the strengths of prenatal diagnosis, perinatal grief management, and hospice care to address the needs of these families. We discuss the identification of candidates for this form of care; the multidisciplinary team approach; and the aspects of antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum care. Finally, we discuss some barriers that might need to be overcome when attempting to implement perinatal hospice care. (Am J Obstet Gynecol 2001;185:525-9.), (C) Mosby-Year Book Inc. 2001. All Rights Reserved.

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