Pregnancy and infant loss is devastating and impacts families over their lifetime. Perinatal Hospice & Bereavement offered by the Roger Neilson House team is provided to parents and families in cases where there is a prenatal, perinatal or neonatal diagnosis of a life-limiting illness or a life-ending diagnosis. It is specialized care that prepares parents for the birth, death and sorrow of the impending loss of their much loved infant. Care is provided in a timely manner and is dependent on parental/family needs and wishes.
Perinatal Bereavement offered by the Roger Neilson House team is provided to parents and families in cases where they receive the in utero or neonatal diagnosis of a life-ending condition, post 20 weeks gestation; a stillbirth post 20 weeks gestation; or a neonatal death prior to the first 28 days of life. When an unexpected loss of an infant occurs, families are often in a state of shock and crisis, and the specialized support by our team can aid in alleviating some of their grief burden.
Parents who have experienced a perinatal loss may wish to attend a Perinatal Loss Support Group, as research demonstrates that having the support of a peer community can greatly assist families in feeling less isolated and alone.
HOW CAN YOU ACCESS THESE SERVICE?
- For Perinatal Hospice care, ask your obstetrician or primary care physician to send a referral to the Palliative Care Team at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), 399 Smyth Rd., Ottawa, ON K1H 8L2, fax 613-523-3617.
For the Perinatal Bereavement Program contact the Perinatal Care Social Worker Carol Chevalier, MSW, RSW at 613-523-6300 ext 4622.