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Northern Ireland Antenatal Palliative Care Pathway and User Guide

Northern Ireland’s first Antenatal Palliative Care Pathway was launched on 13 January 2022.

Developed to support parents whose unborn baby has a potentially life limiting or life threatening condition, the Pathway aims to support parents who receive the devastating news that their unborn baby may die:

Part of the regional ‘NI Strategy for Children’s Palliative and End-of-Life Care 2016-2026‘ the pathway has been developed by the Paediatric Palliative Care Network, through a collaborative approach involving health professionals from:

Families affected by a palliative diagnosis were also consulted.

As part of the launch health professionals who provide care to expectant parents, including obstetricians, bereavement midwives, paediatricians and foetal medicine specialists, will receive a comprehensive package of training and support, including a user guide and education video.

VIDEO: Antenatal Palliative Care Pathway