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Fifteen-minute consultation: perinatal palliative care
  1. Peter Sidgwick1,
  2. Emily Harrop1,
  3. Brenda Kelly2,
  4. Ana Todorovic3,
  5. Dominic Wilkinson4
  1. 1Helen and Douglas House, Oxford, UK
  2. 2Nuffield Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
  3. 3Oxford Centre for Human Brain Activity, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
  4. 4Department of Neonatology, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, Oxford, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Peter Sidgwick, Helen and Douglas House, 14a Magdalen Rd, Oxford OX4 1RW, UK; peter.sidgwick{at}


Perinatal palliative medicine is an emerging subspecialty within paediatric palliative medicine, neonatal medicine, fetal medicine and obstetrics. It comprises patient-focused, non-judgemental shared decision making and aims to provide holistic multidisciplinary support for families. In this paper we define and describe one model for providing perinatal palliative care, drawing on the personal and professional experience of the authors.

  • Neonatology
  • Patient perspective
  • Palliative Care
  • Perinatal

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  • Contributors PS conceived and wrote the draft and AT wrote the parents’ comments. EH, DW, AT and BK commented and edited. The final text was agreed by all authors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.