Skip to comments.Perinatal Hospice
Posted on 05/31/2009 8:09:42 PM PDT by hocndoc
Another version of the perinatal hospice concept can be found in Choices Medical Clinic of Wichita, Kansas. It is located next door to the notorious abortion clinic of George Tiller, which is known for performing late-term abortions.
Choices provides more typical crisis pregnancy center services such as free pregnancy tests, counseling, and education. But in response to Tiller's specialty, the center also offers free ultrasounds and perinatal hospice support to the parents if the unborn child has a life-threatening condition.
After an ultrasound confirms the diagnosis, "we come alongside the mother, involve the family, a team of physicians, social workers, clergy, and even the support of other women who have been in similar circumstances," according to Choices Medical Clinic Quarterly. "The mother is prepared for the eventual outcome, their medical condition is monitored, the baby is delivered, and post-partum emotional support is provided."
Parents who have been assisted by the prenatal hospice program expressed thanks for Choices Medical Clinic's help at their time of crisis. A letter published in the Quarterly told of an 18- year-old mother's gratitude for the clinic's assistance as she carried and gave birth to a baby girl suffering from anencephaly.
"If it wasn't for you guys telling me it wouldn't hurt to carry her, I wouldn't have been lucky enough to have felt her grow and move," wrote the young mother. "I feel so much better knowing I spent as much time as I could with her and no one took her besides God and He took her when he thought it was time. ... I'll never forget my first daughter, she's a very special girl."
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I know people who are involved in Perinatal Hospice here. I hear stories about how aggressive doctors are in pushing for abortions from them, and just how “unique” — and priceless — this is.
I hear folks talk about docs pushing abortions but I have five kids...the only OB I ever knew who offered abortion services was a Jewish doc in Manhattan’s upper eastside in the 80s
We left him and went to a Colombian Jewish doc in Miami who was anti-abortion when we moved mid gestation.
And the other kids born in Nashville by another anti-abortion OB....probably Nashville’s most prominant OB....
I think most abortion docs are not OBs ...not today anyhow.
They see upfront how early life starts in a way they may have been ignorant of 20 years ago.
In my homestate of Mississippi I think they have zero OBs doing abortion now....in the whole state.
Great point! A positive alternative, to really help these women in practical ways. How beautiful.