Perinatal detection of congenital anomalies leads to the identification of infants who are affected by life-limiting conditions with a short life expectancy Moreover, a significant number of newborns admitted to the neonatal ICU in critical condition face potentially adverse prognoses. Perinatal palliative care offers a plan for improving quality of life of the infant and the family, when extending the baby’s life is no longer the goal of care or the complexity of the medical condition is associated with uncertain prognosis.The evidence base for perinatal palliative care continues to grow. However, there is no consensus about best clinical practice in promoting support for the family or comfort for the neonate. Support for the family is achieved through appropriate pre- and postnatal consults, shared-decision making, and advance care planning. A state of comfort for the neonate is achieved when relational basic needs such as bonding, maintenance of body temperature, relief of hunger/thirst, and alleviation of pain/discomfort are met.
This three-day training is designed for the entire perinatal team: physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other allied health professionals practicing in the perinatal arena (obstetric and neonatology) interested in improving the practice of perinatal palliative care, both nationally and internationally. Health professionals at all career stages are welcome to attend.
This course has been approved for CME credits. CNE pending.