Perinatal Hospice Care
For most parents, expecting a new baby is a time filled with excitement,
anticipation and hope for the future. However, for parents who have been
given a prenatal diagnosis that their baby may be born with a life-threatening
condition, this can be a time filled with sorrow and uncertainty. Parents
may find themselves alone with limited information and resources. Other
family members may also be facing their own feelings of heartbreak.
The Perinatal Bereavement Team is here to be of support to you and your
family through this difficult time. We are dedicated to embracing our
parents who made the decisions to continue their pregnancy and wish to
spend precious moment with their baby.
The Women's Center at Covenant Children's Hospital offers specialized
perinatal care. Our desire is to help families find their strength and
hope during their journey.
We will work with you to make sure the precious time you have with your
baby will honor your wishes. During your patient care conference, our
specialized team will meet with you to plan your chosen course of care
for you and your baby.
Because each family’s needs are unique, this supportive environment
is where you can voice your individual wishes and make choices about your
plan of care, as well as seek answers to any questions you may have.
The many ways our team can help:
- Coping with the remainder of your pregnancy
- Preparing for the birth and caring for the life of your baby
- Creating a specialized “Birth Plan” that address the goals
during your pregnancy, delivery and time after birth
- Creating memories of your time spent with your baby
- Transitioning care from hospital to hospice care at home if needed
- Planning for funeral and memorial services
- Accessing bereavement services
- Accessing Child Life Services from Covenant Children’s Hospital for
- Helping your family members understand and cope with the loss of your precious baby
For more information about The Women's Center Perinatal Hospice Care
Program, please call (806) 725-6667.
Support for Grief and Loss
The staff at Covenant Hospital is here to help our families through the
difficult time of losing a baby. The death of a child comes as a shock
and leaves families with a sense of numbness. It is often difficult to
think about making plans and remembering all the details while coping
with a loss. We want you to know that your family is not alone. Our hospital
staff is here to help.
Our registered nurses provide compassionate care unique to the needs of
each family. It is our desire to provide an empathetic environment that
encompasses dignity and respect.
The spiritual care department has chaplains available 24-hours a day, seven
days a week, to provide patients and their loved ones with spiritual and
emotional care during the death process and beyond. They can provide spiritual
support and religious rituals, such as prayer, scripture readings and
baptism that are appropriate to religious traditions. They can make contact
with patient’s religious organization, if desired.
A professionally trained case manager is also available to help with coping
and the emotional components of a loss. Case Managers are knowledgeable
about community resources and can offer direction and understanding about
Unique services offered:
- Memory Box for Baby’s Sacred Moments
- Specialized Photography Service
- Baby’s Hand and Footprints
- Follow-up Support Groups
Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Support Group of Lubbock
PILA of Lubbock is a support group for those who have lost a baby through
miscarriage, stillbirth, early infant death, or for parents who had a
much wanted pregnancy but due to medical problems were unable to continue
PILA is a network of grieving families who have experienced the death of
a baby. Our goal is to help other parents in the normal grieving process.
We provide a safe and comforting environment for newly bereaved parents
to share their feelings with other bereaved parents. Much of the content
and structure is based on the needs of the group. This provides the opportunity
to discuss individual needs and feelings with others who have had a similar
Meetings are held the 3rd Wednesday of every month from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at LCU Behavioral Science
Building, 2092 Dover Avenue, Room 105
There is no charge to attend our meetings.
For more information, feel free to
-call Suzy Emry at (806) 441-3612