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What do birth plans include if you have a baby with a life-threatening disease?

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Palliative care providers will assist parents in making detailed plans for the delivery and for the baby's life, even if the baby has a limited amount of time to live.

Birth plans include who will be present in the delivery room; what resuscitation or life-prolonging efforts, if any, will be made; what religious ceremonies, such as baptism, will take place; and whether the baby will be breastfed and held. Parents may be asked what they plan to name the baby.

From: Neonatal Palliative Care: Focus on Life WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Carter, B.S. , November 2004. Pediatric Annals

Chrastek, J.R. , February 2007. ChiPPS Pediatric Palliative Care Newsletter

Gale, G. , February 2007. ChiPPS Pediatric Palliative Care Newsletter

List, S. , February 2007. ChiPPS Pediatric Palliative Care Newsletter

Reilly-Smorawski, B. , January 2002. Death Studies

Toce, S. , February 2007. ChiPPS Pediatric Palliative Care Newsletter

Tyler, M. K. , February 2007. ChiPPS Pediatric Palliative Care Newsletter

Terri Major-Kincade, MD, Neonatologist, Pediatrix Medical Group, Richardson, Texas.

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on January 09, 2018

SOURCES:

Carter, B.S. , November 2004. Pediatric Annals

Chrastek, J.R. , February 2007. ChiPPS Pediatric Palliative Care Newsletter

Gale, G. , February 2007. ChiPPS Pediatric Palliative Care Newsletter

List, S. , February 2007. ChiPPS Pediatric Palliative Care Newsletter

Reilly-Smorawski, B. , January 2002. Death Studies

Toce, S. , February 2007. ChiPPS Pediatric Palliative Care Newsletter

Tyler, M. K. , February 2007. ChiPPS Pediatric Palliative Care Newsletter

Terri Major-Kincade, MD, Neonatologist, Pediatrix Medical Group, Richardson, Texas.

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on January 09, 2018

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