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Date:10/1/2008

uscitating the baby so he or she lives a week or two, that might be very important for the parents or family to bond, so they have two weeks or two hours of memories instead of nothing," Beckman said.

These heart-wrenching decisions will affect parents for years to come.

"That setting where the doctor and the nurse and the chaplain and the social worker and the family are talking can send parents on a grief journey of healing, or it can send them on a journey of anger, resentment and guilt," Beckman said.

More information

The March of Dimes has more on neonatal death.



SOURCES: Renee Boss, M.D., assistant professor of neonatology, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore; Chaplain Paul Beckman, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center; September 2008, Pediatrics


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