Perinatal palliative care offers a plan for improving quality of life for infants who are affected by life-limiting conditions with a short life expectancy. A state of comfort for the infant is achieved when relational basic needs such as bonding, maintenance of body temperature, relief of hunger/thirst and alleviation of pain/discomfort are met. Support for the family is achieved through appropriate pre- and postnatal consults, shared decision-making, and advance care planning.
Course faculty will discuss evidence-based rational, practical aspects and strategies for implementing and applying aspects of the neonatal comfort care plan to provide support for families and achieve a state of comfort for newborns with life-limiting conditions. The 3-day course will include didactic presentations followed by practical applications, hands-on training, role-play, videos, and Q+A sessions to cover virtually all aspects of perinatal palliative care.