Infant Maternal Perinatal Advanced Care Team: A Pilot Collaboration for Families Facing a Life-Threatening Fetal Diagnosis

Title

Infant Maternal Perinatal Advanced Care Team: A Pilot Collaboration for Families Facing a Life-Threatening Fetal Diagnosis

Creator

Lord S; Williams R; Pollard L; Ives-Baine L; Van MS; Goodman K; Mackenzie J; Salminen R; Rapoport A

Publisher

Journal of Palliative Medicine

Date

2022

Subject

Advance care planning; Life-threatening conditions; Perinatal Care

Description

Background: The Infant Maternal Perinatal Advanced Care Team program was launched in 2018 to enhance perinatal palliative care services in Toronto, Canada. Methods: Pilot patients were (1) carrying a fetus with a life-limiting diagnosis and (2) receiving care at the high-risk fetal center. Individualized care included opportunities for establishing goals, labor/delivery planning, grief support, and pediatric palliative care support. Results: A total of 107 patients were included during the two-year clinical pilot program. Of those who continued their pregnancy, 45% had care goals focused on comfort while 55% had goals focused on life prolongation. A significant proportion in both groups experienced a fetal or neonatal death. For babies who received comfort-focused care, one-third were transferred to hospice or home. Conclusions: A comprehensive perinatal palliative care pathway ensures that more families receive options of pre- and postnatal palliative care supports in varied circumstances where there is significant risk of fetal and neonatal mortality.

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Citation List Month

February List 2023

Collection

Citation

Lord S; Williams R; Pollard L; Ives-Baine L; Van MS; Goodman K; Mackenzie J; Salminen R; Rapoport A, “Infant Maternal Perinatal Advanced Care Team: A Pilot Collaboration for Families Facing a Life-Threatening Fetal Diagnosis,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed May 28, 2024, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/18626.