Perinatal Comfort Care Program
Expecting a new baby is a time filled with excitement, anticipation and
hope for the future. However, for parents who have been given a prenatal
diagnosis that their baby may be born with a serious medical condition,
this can be a time filled with heartbreak and uncertainty. The St. Joseph
Perinatal Palliative Care team is here to provide support and education
to these families during their pregnancy, delivery and aftercare.
Meet the Perinatal Palliative Care Team
Program Coordinator admits the parents to the Perinatal Palliative Care (PPC) program, facilitates
communication with the hospital staff, attends the perinatal conference
at the hospital and coordinates the PPC team.
Palliative Care Nurseis available to provide education and support to parents and family members
to better understand their baby’s diagnosis and what to expect at
the time of birth. She assists with the creation of a birthing plan that
meets the needs of the parents and family. The nurse helps families navigate
through the healthcare system during their pregnancy, delivery and after care.
Clinical Social Worker provides psychosocial support and counseling to the family. The social
worker assists parents in developing a birthing plan and offers referrals
to community resources. The social worker also provides opportunities
for the parents and family to participate in memory making.
Chaplain provides spiritual support and collaborates with the parents to establish
a care plan to meet the spiritual needs of all family members. The chaplain
will help families find purpose and meaning in the lifetime of their baby.
The chaplain is also available to facilitate blessings, baptism and other rituals.
Music Therapist offers support through music and is available to assist family members
in bonding with their baby and exploring their feelings regarding the
birth and possible outcomes at the time of delivery.
St. Joseph Hospital is dedicated to embracing you and your family and helping
ease your way. You do not have to walk alone.
To make a donation to the
Perinatal Hope the Healing Cub program, please click