Join us for an informative webinar on Perinatal Palliative Care

Perinatal palliative care focuses on an approach that assists, guides and supports families in decision making and planning in the event of a diagnosis of a life-limiting condition during pregnancy, a miscarriage or stillbirth, a preterm delivery or an infant born at term with a poor prognosis. It allows families to spend quality time with their infant, bonding and creating positive memories. Grieving will start at the time of hearing the news of the condition or prognosis of their infant. Therefore, perinatal palliative care includes bereavement support of parents, siblings and the extended family.

Referral to a palliative care team can be made at any point from viability (22 weeks). Perinatal palliative care can be provided alongside active treatment and into the bereavement period.

Perinatal Palliative Care – A guide

In October 2022, in partnership with Bettercare, PatchSA published the book Perinatal Palliative Care: A guide to supporting families when a baby is at high risk of dying before or shortly after birth which can purchased directly from PatchSA or be read online on the Bettercare website.

As part of the book launch, we will hold a webinar on Tuesday 29 November 2022 presented by four specialists in the field who also participated in the writing and reviewing of the book.


The webinar will be presented by the following four experts:

  1. Sister Tracy Rawlins is a Professional Palliative Care Nurse, Midwife and the Training and Education Manager for PatchSA.
  2. Dr Khakhu Mathivha – Medical Specialist in Neonatology at the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital.
  3. Dr Julia Ambler – Medical doctor, Co-Founder, Deputy Director and Head of Clinical Services at Umduduzi Hospice Care for Children.
  4. Dr Michelle Meiring – Paediatrician with a special interest in palliative care and chronic pain management. She is the founder of Paedspal and convenes the Post-Graduate Diploma in Paediatric Palliative Medicine at the University of Cape Town (UCT).

Webinar Programme

Time Topic Presenter
  • Introduction
Tracy Rawlins / Dr Michelle Meiring
  • Essential Elements of Perinatal Palliative Care
  • Advance Care Panning in the antenatal period
Dr Michelle Meiring
  • Care and Support during the neonatal period
  • Pain and symptom management for the baby
Dr Julia Ambler
  •  Ethics in Perinatal Palliative Care including nutrition
Dr Khakhu Mathivha
  • Journeying with the family – the Nurse’s role in Perinatal Palliative Care
  • Birth planning, memory making and bereavement support
Sr Tracy Rawlins
  • Questions and Answers for the panel of presenters
All presenters
  • Thank you and closing
Dr Julia Ambler

Date and time of webinar

The webinar will be held via an online Zoom meeting on:

Tuesday 29 November 2022 from 14h00- 16h00 (2 p.m. – 4 p.m.) South African time.

Register on Zoom

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.