Parents facing the very real tragedy that their baby might die in the womb or not live long after delivery could receive some comfort from a new state law.
Gov. Pete Ricketts has signed into law LB 506.
Sponsored by Sen. Joni Albrecht of Thurston, the new law is called “Compassion and Care for Medically Challenging Pregnancies Act.”
The law requires the state to provide information about perinatal hospice care to a pregnant woman diagnosed with a lethal fetal anomaly.
Jennifer Sommer with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services says such hospice can provide comfort during a tragic time.
“The sacred and honoring work of perinatal hospice that we do is not for us to be seen, but for the parents to see their children,” Sommer says during the bill signing ceremony. “We provide a gentle and unique model of care that allows families to spend as much time as they can with their babies while they are still alive in the womb and after birth. Creating those memories are all they have; just a few hours are enough for a lifetime.”
Whitney Bradley with Journey to Love says women facing the shock of such a diagnosis too often feel completely alone.
“Too often, women are unaware of the palliative care that is available for their child and the support that is available for themselves,” according to Bradley. “For this reason, we at Journey to Love are excited that because of this bill information will be given to women and families throughout Nebraska. No one should have to walk this difficult path alone.”