Neonatal Comfort Care Program
NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital offers the Neonatal Comfort Care program — a service designed to make babies with life-limiting conditions or terminal illnesses as comfortable as possible. We believe that no matter how brief, each baby's life is precious and needs to be welcomed and cherished. We understand how challenging this time is for families, and we are there to provide support during this journey.
The Neonatal Comfort Care Program is available to you when there are no medical and surgical treatments available to help your baby recover. Our multidisciplinary team will support you and your family while alleviating your child's suffering and improving the quality of his or her life.
Comfort care program services
The Neonatal Comfort Care Team offers a plan of care to provide a comfortable and loving environment to your infant, without the intent of shortening or prolonging his or her natural life. Services include counseling and education before your child's birth, followed by medical and supportive care after delivery.
Prenatal counseling includes meeting with the program medical director/neonatologist to discuss your baby's future and to learn more about medical care after birth, including a comfort care plan, if appropriate, to address his or her needs. If you consider a comfort care plan for your baby, you can meet with the program's clinical care coordinator, who will introduce you to the multidisciplinary neonatal comfort care team to learn more about available resources. Moreover, you can discuss the delivery plan and the care of your baby after delivery.
After your child is born, he or she will need family/baby bonding, warmth, nutrition and hydration, and relief of any pain or discomfort. You can choose to have your baby room-in with you while you are in the postpartum unit and then go home with you for hospice care support. Or, if you prefer, your baby can be admitted to the NICU for compassionate care, or transferred to a pediatric hospice facility. The choice is yours, and our team supports you in helping you make that decision.
The neonatal comfort care team
The members of the Neonatal Comfort Care Team at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital include:
- A clinical care coordinator will meet with you to explain the program's services to ensure your baby's comfort and support your family. She will also introduce you to the team members.
- The medical director/neonatologist, who will meet with you to discuss your baby's condition and plan of care after delivery. They will also facilitate the discussion regarding the management of your pregnancy and delivery plan with your obstetrician.
- A social worker will meet with you to let you know about available resources to help you celebrate your baby's life and collect memories. Moreover, the social worker will help coordinate your preferences while in the hospital and help connect you with community resources.
- A child life specialist will meet with you to provide support to your baby and your family, including sibling support and memory-making.
- Pastoral Care is available to meet with you to provide spiritual and emotional support for you and your family.