Death is a part of life in the NICU, and any clinician associated with labor and delivery and the care of newborns will inevitably experience perinatal death and bereavement. Palliative care principles are difficult to apply to neonatology. The social stigma of denying neonatal death coupled with the paradox of providing palliative care in a curative setting present a compelling practical problem. However, it is possible for palliative care to coexist with curative treatment modes. In this presentation, Dr. Kain explores the philosophy of a “good death,” in an effort to reframe neonatal and perinatal palliative care.
Discuss the current status of neonatal and perinatal palliative care from a global perspective.
Discuss the tenets of neonatal and perinatal palliative care in terms of best practice.
Describe the philosophy of facilitating a 'good death' for neonates with life-limiting conditions and the support of families and caregivers.
RN, MD, NICC, PhD,
Director of Undergraduate Nursing Programs,
School of Nursing & Midwifery Griffith University, Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Australia