Speaking to 50+ medical students at Louisiana State University, Dr. Calhoun spoke about perinatal hospice and what they can do as medical students to carry on this life-affirming work in future practice.
Too often, parents are counseled to seek abortion when faced with a poor prenatal diagnosis, but there is a compassionate, life-affirming alternative. Mothers and fathers want to take care of their sick children, and medical professionals, through the perinatal hospice model, can help them do just that. Perinatal hospice is an evidenced-based multi-disciplinary approach by medical teams to care for families through the bereavement process over their sick child, ultimately improving the family’s care and long-term health.
Dr. Byron C. Calhoun, MD, FACOG, FACS, MBA has authored 60+ peer review articles in the obstetric and gynecologic literature, presented 100+ scientific papers, participated in 40+ research projects, and published several articles on perinatal hospice. He is an original author of the perinatal hospice concept, which provides a multidisciplinary care to families with a lethal prenatal diagnosis.
Dr. Calhoun is a diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is board certified in general Obstetrics/Gynecology and the sub-specialty of Maternal-Fetal Medicine. He serves as Professor and Vice-Chair in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at West Virginia University-Charleston. He is also the National Medical Advisor for NIFLA, National Institute of Family and Life Advocates