Antenatal and intrapartum care of pregnancy complicated by lethal fetal anomaly
Correspondence: Richard Greene. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Congenital anomalies are the number one cause of infant mortality in the developed world. Antenatal diagnosis of lethal fetal abnormality is likely to have a profound psychological impact.
- The multidisciplinary team should aim to meet the medical, emotional and spiritual needs of the family, through appropriate referral in the latter aspect.
- To consider the psychological impact of an antenatal diagnosis of lethal fetal abnormality.
- To review the principles of informing parents about the diagnosis.
- To provide a framework for the management of a pregnancy involving a lethal fetal anomaly.
- To increase the awareness of the emotional and spiritual needs of the family.
- The dilemma of psychological impact of carrying a pregnancy with a lethal fetal anomaly for a mother and a family.
- The issues around care including feeding the liveborn baby with an anomaly.