Supporting bereaved parents: practical steps in providing compassionate perinatal and neonatal end-of-life care. A North American perspective.

Division of Neonatology, Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, Canada.
Seminars in Fetal and Neonatal Medicine (Impact Factor: 3.13). 06/2008; 13(5):335-40. DOI: 10.1016/j.siny.2008.03.005
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ABSTRACT Providing compassionate bereavement support challenges care-givers in perinatal medicine. A practical and consistent approach tailored to individual families may increase the care-giver's ability to relieve parental grief. This approach includes: (1) clear and consistent communication compassionately delivered; (2) shared decision-making; (3) physical and emotional support; and (4) follow-up medical, psychological and social care. Challenges to providing comprehensive end-of-life care include care-giver comfort, consistency of care, cultural and legal barriers, and lack of adequate training.

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