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One Facility's Experience in Reframing Nonfeeding into a Comprehensive Palliative Care Model
Article first published online: 18 APR 2013
© 2013 AWHONN, the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses
Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing
Volume 42, Issue 3, pages 383–389, May/June 2013
How to Cite
Vesely, C. and Beach, B. (2013), One Facility's Experience in Reframing Nonfeeding into a Comprehensive Palliative Care Model. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 42: 383–389. doi: 10.1111/1552-6909.12027
- Issue published online: 17 MAY 2013
- Article first published online: 18 APR 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: DEC 2012
- Artificial nutrition;
- pediatric palliative care;
In Western culture, feeding is viewed as symbolic of life, and nonfeeding at the end of life is often considered unacceptable. This sentiment is magnified for infants. Reframing nonfeeding into comprehensive care can be achieved by anticipatory guidance, which can make the experience of infant death meaningful for parents. Since 2004, the George Mark Children's House, an inpatient pediatric palliative care center, has offered this model of care and supported families with challenging clinical experiences. A case study is provided.