If you are here because of a prenatal diagnosis that indicates your baby likely will die before or after birth, we are so sorry. Perhaps you are considering continuing your pregnancy and embracing whatever time you may be able to have with your baby, even if that time is only before birth, while your baby is cradled safely inside of you. Please know that support is available (see the links on this site for perinatal hospice & palliative care programs and other resources) and that you are not alone. Parents who have traveled this path before you have found that it can be a beautiful, profoundly meaningful, and healing journey.
She was a gift and I am grateful, every day,
that we allowed ourselves to receive it.
—Alessandra, mother to Maggie, as quoted in A Gift of Time: Continuing Your Pregnancy When Your Baby's Life Is Expected to Be Brief (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011)
New: "Perinatal palliative care: Two decades of exponential growth" in ChiPPS E=Journal, a project of the Children's Project on Palliative/Hospice Services,
in collaboration with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
Post for the hospice & palliative medicine blog Pallimed: