Antenatal and intrapartum care of pregnancy complicated by lethal fetal anomaly
Article first published online: 21 MAY 2013
© 2013 Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
Volume 15, Issue 3, pages 189–194, July 2013
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Antenatal and intrapartum care of pregnancy complicated by lethal fetal anomaly. The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist 2013;15:189–94., , , .
- Issue published online: 12 JUL 2013
- Article first published online: 21 MAY 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 12 FEB 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 5 FEB 2013
- multidisciplinary care;
- perinatal hospice;
- individualised care
- 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.