Maternity Services at NCH

Perinatal Palliative Care


At Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH), we recognize that the loss of a baby is a lifelong parenting and bereavement journey. Our Perinatal Palliative Care Program is here to support families as they navigate their way following a life-limiting diagnosis or loss during pregnancy.

Our mission is to provide compassionate and holistic care to families going through this difficult time through pregnancy and beyond. We strive to honor the lives of all babies and the special place they hold within a family.

NCH’s Perinatal Palliative Care Program is a component of the Pregnancy and Infant Loss Program, which is designed to help families whose infants are diagnosed with a life-limiting condition during their pregnancy. We know this journey is filled with overwhelming emotions and difficult decisions.

Our interdisciplinary team of specialists is here to work with families from diagnosis through the remainder of the pregnancy, labor, delivery, and after birth.

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Program Components
  • Co-create a plan for the baby’s birth
    • Learn parents’ hopes for their baby’s life to align with the goals of care
    • Honor the relationship the baby has with each family member
  • Help parents and families understand all treatment options
    • Assist in talking with other children about the uncertainty of the pregnancy outcome
  • Guide parents in making decisions about their baby’s medical care
  • Strengthen the family’s coping strategies
  • Communicate parents’ goals of care to every member on the interdisciplinary team
  • Offer opportunities for memory making during the pregnancy and after birth that align with parents’ values, cultural, and religious traditions
  • Caring staff trained in Perinatal Palliative Care
  • Compassionate end-of-life and bereavement care
  • Connect families with community resources and counseling

Learn more about our Pregnancy and Infant Loss Program.

For more information, please call the Perinatal Palliative Care Coordinator, Jill Kottmeier, BSN, RN, CPLC, at 847-618-8415.