Forsyth Medical Center

Maternity Bereavement

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You can get help with difficult decisions during a high-risk pregnancy

There are times when a pregnancy results in difficult decisions for you and your partner. Severe birth defects or a life-threatening medical condition can put your unborn child at risk. When that happens, you can receive guidance and care from Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center’s Family Perinatal and Neonatal Supportive Care team. This team will work to offer you the information you need to make decisions before, during and after delivery.

Whether you are referred to Forsyth Medical Center by your ob-gyn after abnormal tests or you come in for emergency care, you may be directed to a member of this specialized team. During your first visit, team members will give you detailed information about your baby’s condition and explain what that could mean for your baby’s future.

If your baby is diagnosed with a condition that could make it difficult for them to survive, or if you go into labor before your baby is 22 weeks old, members of this team will help you understand the decisions you may face and the options you might have.

If you experience a loss, members of this team will check up on you regularly for up to a year after you leave the hospital. These check-ins could include cards, calls with our social worker and information on processing grief.

Family Perinatal and Neonatal Supportive Care

Novant Health’s Family Perinatal and Neonatal Care Services help guide patients toward hope and healing. Whether a devastating prenatal diagnosis places a pregnancy in “high-risk” status or an infant will face a serious medically complex or potentially life-limiting condition after delivery, this service assists families and their physicians through these heartbreaking situations.

Through honest, unbiased conversations and guidance, the Family Perinatal and Neonatal Supportive Care Multidisciplinary Team helps patients navigate the complexities of the healthcare system and care coordination, learn problem-solving and symptom management strategies, make choices regarding end-of-life care and, perhaps most importantly, acknowledge their baby’s unique place in the family, making the most of what time they may have together.

Bereavement Care

Whether due to miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth or newborn death, prenatal and neonatal mortality can cause intense shock and sorrow over the loss of all that might have been. To help grieving families come to terms with the loss of their baby, Novant Health’s Bereavement Care program provides emotional support in a compassionate and welcoming environment. Bereavement Care gives families time and space to demonstrate their loving connection to the baby, gather keepsakes to cherish and participate in activities and rituals that will be most comforting and meaningful.