Perinatal palliative care

Perinatal Palliative Care provides for optimal holistic care of a baby and family following a life-limiting diagnosis. Models of planning & care are provided to provide optimum comfort for the baby, mother & family.


Daniel Nuzum, Keelin O'Donoghue

Book chapter
Bereavement care, Perinatal palliative care
Full Citation

Ni Laoire Á, Nuzum D, O’Reilly M, Twomey M, O’Donoghue K,  Devins M. Perinatal palliative care. In Hain R, Rapoport A, Meiring M, Goldman A, eds. Oxford Textbook of Palliative Care for Children, 3rd ed. Oxford University Press; 2021:325-331.

Link to Publication


Perinatal palliative care (PNPC) is the holistic approach to the overall care of a baby and family when a baby is diagnosed with a life-limiting condition or illness during pregnancy or in the early days of life. As an approach to care, PNPC attends to the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of the overall care of a baby and family from the moment of diagnosis, through to the death of a baby and family bereavement care afterwards. This chapter explores the challenging clinical, ethical and practical issues in perinatal loss and provides models of care to provide the highest quality of care and symptom control to a baby and her/his family.

Pregnancy Loss Research Group

Pregnancy Loss Research Group, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, University College Cork, Fifth Floor, Cork University Maternity Hospital, Wilton, Cork, T12 YE02, Ireland,