Focus on Children's Health

The Benefits of Prenatal Consultation and Neonatal Ethics

July 9, 201016 min
Host: Maurice Pickard, MD
Guest: Jonathan Fanaroff, MD, JD, FCLM, FAAP
About 500,000 births in the US every year are pre-term, making premature delivery far from uncommon. And with the increasing survival of pre-term infants, parents and caretakers are having to make more difficult decisions then ever before. How are prenatal consultations beneficial, and when is the most appropriate time for physicians to have a prenatal discussion with parents? Dr. Jonathan Fanaroff, associate medical director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital and director of the Rainbow Center for Pediatric Ethics in Cleveland, Ohio, suggests strategies for approaching this type of conversation with parents, and emphasizes the role of these discussions in strengthening the relationship and trust between physicians and parents. Dr. Maurice Pickard hosts.

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