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Pediatr Clin North Am. 2007 Oct;54(5):787-98, xii.

Palliative care for the family carrying a fetus with a life-limiting diagnosis.

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  • 1Division of Neonatology, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA. munson@email.chop.edu


Prenatal diagnosis of a lethal anomaly is a monumental moment in a family's life. It requires extensive team counseling and planning about complex neonatal and obstetric medical management. The construct of palliative care with its focus on emotional, spiritual, social, and symptom support can provide a model for caring for these families.

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