Counseling For Personal Care Options At Neonatal End Of Life: A Quantitative And Qualitative Parent Survey Psychosocial

Title

Counseling For Personal Care Options At Neonatal End Of Life: A Quantitative And Qualitative Parent Survey Psychosocial

Creator

Shelkowitz E; Vessella SL; O'Reilly P; Tucker R; Lechner BE

Identifier

10.1186/s12904-015-0063-6

Publisher

Bmc Palliative Care

Date

2015

Subject

Neonate; Death; Memory Making

Description

BackgroundThe death of a newborn is a traumatic life changing event in the lives of parents. We hypothesized that bereaved parents of newborn infants want to have choices in the personal care of their infant at the end of life.MethodsParents who had suffered a perinatal or neonatal loss between 1 and 6 years before the survey in a regional level IV neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and associated labor and delivery room were invited to participate. Parents chose between an online survey, paper survey or telephone interview. The survey included multiple choice and open ended questions.ResultsParents prefer multiple options for the personal care of their infant at the end of life. Emergent themes were need for guidance by the medical team, memory making, feeling cared for and respected by staff, and regrets related to missed opportunities.ConclusionWhile parents differ in their preferences in utilizing specific personal care options for their infant’s end of life, they share a common preference for being presented with multiple options to choose from and in being guided and supported by healthcare providers, while being afforded the opportunity to make memories with their infant by bonding with and parenting them.Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article (doi:10.1186/s12904-015-0063-6) contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Citation List Month

July 2017 List

Citation

Shelkowitz E; Vessella SL; O'Reilly P; Tucker R; Lechner BE, “Counseling For Personal Care Options At Neonatal End Of Life: A Quantitative And Qualitative Parent Survey Psychosocial,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed November 28, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/10943.

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