Last week, I published an op-ed in Newsweek about the importance of perinatal hospice care. Here’s an excerpt:
When a mother learns that her unborn child has a severe, life-limiting diagnosis, the news is devastating.
Regretfully, I followed the standard medical recommendation and aborted babies with hydrocephalus, spina bifida, and genetic abnormalities during my residency in the late 1980s. But now I am convinced that elective abortions are never merciful or medically necessary. Mothers and their unborn children deserve a better treatment option.
For many, perinatal hospice with palliative care is that better treatment option. It provides tender, compassionate, and holistic care to mom and baby after she receives the news that her child’s life will likely be short.
Read the rest here.