Help for parents of dying babies

Filed under: Your Pregnancy

It is a heartbreaking but unavoidable truth: not every pregnancy results in a healthy, viable baby. Modern technology has made it possible to detect life-threatening defects or complications, throwing expectant parents once bursting with excitement and anticipation headlong into an emotional black hole.

Thankful, perinatal hospice programs that provide medical and emotional support for families with a terminal prenatal diagnosis who decide to continue the pregnancy are starting be be developed. A recent article on MSNBC.com gave me watery eyes reading what a precious and healing gift even just a few moments with a fading newborn can be.

It's comforting to know that in even during the darkest times of this technological age, there are still caring people who make it their life's work to comfort and care for those in need.

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