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Perinatal Palliative Care

Families who learn that their baby's health doesn't have a hopeful outcome before or shortly after birth are faced with a devastating reality. We open our arms to these families with supportive perinatal palliative care services that offer a safe space to cope, grieve and heal 1 day at a time.

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Hope + healing for grieving parents

There's no easy way to say goodbye to your child, especially when you haven't had the chance to say hello to them properly.

As you and your family process the loss of a little one, we'll be here to care for every part of you: physically, mentally and emotionally. We'll create an environment that feels like home and gives you the space to work through everything you're feeling.

People experiencing a similar pain can find healing together through support groups and counseling. We understand that some scars — scars you see and scars you feel — never truly go away. Our team is here to help them fade over time. You can trust that we'll be by your side to help your mind and body heal.

A friend embracing another with a hug during a time of grieving.
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You and your baby can turn to us for perinatal palliative care services, including:

Palliative care birth plan

A palliative care birth plan is an unimaginable yet essential document that captures your wishes for your pregnancy, labor and delivery and neonatal care for you and your newborn. We understand that writing your requests into existence can bring on a wave of emotions. At the same time, expressing your family values and clinical care decisions may offer a sense of control in an otherwise trying time.

We share your birth plan with every dedicated caregiver so together, we can foster a supportive space for you and your family during this precious time with your baby. From guiding you through medical decision-making to exploring legacy options to celebrate your child's memory, each and every care team member will walk along this path toward healing with you, including:

  • High-risk obstetricians
  • Genetic counselors
  • Neonatologists
  • Pediatric specialists
  • Neonatal nurses
  • Labor and delivery nurses
  • Social workers
  • Pastoral care providers
Andrea Zuckerman, MD, Chief of Women’s Care at Tufts Medical Center, in clinic examining pregnant patient Van Khanh Tran.
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From regular office visits to inpatient stays, find the healthcare you need and deserve close to home.

Gynecologic Oncologist Rafael Gonzalez, MD talking to patient in a hospital johnny at an appointment at Tufts Medical Center.
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