Fifteen-minute consultation: perinatal palliative care

Arch Dis Child Educ Pract Ed. 2017 Jun;102(3):114-116. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2016-310873. Epub 2016 Nov 14.


Perinatal palliative medicine is an emerging subspecialty within paediatric palliative medicine, neonatal medicine, fetal medicine and obstetrics. It comprises patient-focused, non-judgemental shared decision making and aims to provide holistic multidisciplinary support for families. In this paper we define and describe one model for providing perinatal palliative care, drawing on the personal and professional experience of the authors.

Keywords: Neonatology; Palliative Care; Patient perspective; Perinatal.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cardiomyopathies / therapy*
  • Decision Making
  • Fatal Outcome
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Palliative Care / psychology*
  • Palliative Care / standards*
  • Patient Preference / psychology*
  • Perinatal Care / standards*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Pregnancy
  • Prenatal Care / psychology*
  • Prenatal Care / standards*
  • Referral and Consultation / organization & administration