Perinatal Palliative Care

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Perinatal Palliative Care

Perinatal Palliative Care

Review of Literature-10 articles reviewed.-A Pub Med search was completed using ''perinatal palliative care'' for search terms.-Programs provide support, bereavement, a birth story, and team work for women facing perinatal or newborn death (Einaudi et al., 2010)-Some oppose the continuation of pregnancy believing immediate closure better serves the woman (Wool, 2012).-Gaps in literature included lack of studies, variety throughout programs, and longetude of program effects due to the novelty of programs

IntroductionPurpose Statement-For prenatal women carrying a child with a fatal fetal anomoly, perinatal palliative care can help in the coping process compared to those without palliative care.-Perinatal loss is a very real and significant problem facing our world today.-Choice for termination or continuation of pregnancy.-Allows for intradiciplinary collaboration.

ConclusionsNurse practitioners of all areas need to be aware of perinatal palliative care programs. They are an important part of perinatal care and are an option for women facing a fatal fetal diagnosis.

Implications for NP practice-Education on risk factors for anomolies and their prevention.-Perinatal palliative programs are an option for women facing a fatal fetal anomoly. -Ethical consideration of nursing are worked into these programs.-These programs promote health decisions for women facing difficult decisions.-Nurse practitioners are a valuable asset to the perinatal palliative care programs, contributing to the very foundation

Interprofessional practice-Programs allows for multidisciplinary collaboration. Programs contain coordinators which are often times nurse practitioners. The nurse practitioners facilitate care between specialties and services while caring for the patient (Bennett et al., 2011). The video above examplifies the intraprofessional practice used in perinatal palliative care programs.

BackgroundPerinatal Palliative Care- an approach which improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing a life threatening illness (WHO, 2013).-Standard of care used to be termination as the thought was a woman was able to recover faster. -Palliative care programs create a support system for families as well as education and follow-up (Wool, 2012).-Risk factors for anomolies include poor diet, socioeconomic status, environmental influences, and genetic mutations (WHO, 2012). -Over 50% of anomolies are unpreventable (WHO, 2012)..


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