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Perinatal Palliative Care Initiative

Some families come to the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment and learn that their baby is at high risk of dying either before or shortly after birth. In other cases, the diagnosis may be life threatening, but the outcome is uncertain. Finding out about this kind of diagnosis is overwhelming.

Supporting families in difficult times

Perinatal Palliative Care Initiative staff help families to plan for and cope with the remainder of their pregnancy and the time around delivery. Our goal is to support families as they face the unimaginable and to help them down a path of healing.

We do this by:

Partnering with referring physicians

As families explore ideas, create a birth plan, or struggle with uncertainty, we keep the referring physicians informed and involved. We also are happy to remain available to families and their primary medical teams when families will not be delivering at our center. Working together, we can develop a plan that will work for everyone.

Additional family resources

For more information about palliative care sites and related resources, please visit our pregnancy resources page.

Contact us

If you would like to meet us or just learn more about our program, please contact us.

Joanna C.M. Cole, PhD, CD(DONA)
Clinical Psychologist
Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment

David Munson, MD
Attending Physician
Division of Neonatology and the Pediatric Advanced Care Team

Natalie E. Rintoul, MD
Attending Neonatologist
Neonatal/Infant Intensive Care Unit

Annie Giaccone, MD
Attending Neonatologist
Neonatal/Infant Intensive Care Unit

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