Perinatal palliative care helps parents embrace whatever life their baby might be able to have, before and after birth.
This support begins at the time of diagnosis, not just after the baby is born. It includes essential newborn care, such as warmth, comfort, and nutrition. Palliative care can also include medical treatments intended to improve the baby's life. This approach supports families through the rest of the pregnancy, through decision-making before and after birth, and through their grief. Perinatal hospice also enables families to make meaningful plans for the baby's life, delivery, and death, honoring the baby as well as the baby's family.
Perinatal hospice is a model of care, an extra layer of support that can easily be incorporated into standard pregnancy and birth care. Ideally, it is a comprehensive and multidisciplinary team approach.

Your birth preferences are a way to share your decisions and hopes with your caregivers, who can use it as a guide as your baby's birth unfolds. A birth plan is not set in stone; you can modify it and be flexible if new circumstances arise or if your wishes change. Let your baby lead the way.

Active parenting, choices, and planning

Preferences for labor and delivery

Creating your particular time with your baby, making memories with family and friends

Decisions about evaluations, testing, medical interventions, and comfort care

Integrated care for your baby’s medical care

Comfort measures for you baby

Emotional support

Life review and legacy project support

Education, information and resources

Emotional and respite support for the caregiver(s)

Logistical and household support

Postpartum bereavement care

Care Provided

continuing your pregnancy when your baby's

life is expected to be brief

helen louise hensley

Perinatal Hospice & Palliative Care