“Perinatal hospice, a bulwark against the one-time culture”

Life must always be defended, we know that, and we have repeated it repeatedly. Not only to therefore protect the unborn from abortion or the most fragile from euthanasia, but also to be close to those who suffer often ignored dramas, or which are little talked about. In fact, we are talking about high-risk maternity wards and terminal fetal pathologies. A difficult situation, for which, however, there are those who take the field with ad hoc measures and to defend life, not to discard it. We’re talking about the professor’s case Joseph Boredomformer chairman of the Italian Association of Catholic Obstetric Gynecologists (AIGOC), gynecologist and neonatologist, who in recent weeks has inaugurated an ad hoc clinical assistance program at the “Agostino Gemelli” outpatient clinic in Rome.

At Pro Vita & Famiglia, Professor Noia illustrated the characteristics of the new health facility, with a constant eye on current events, and strongly encouraged the Italian pro-life to take part in the “We choose life” event scheduled for tomorrow in Rome.

Tomorrow the demonstration “We choose life” will be held in Rome: will you participate or in any case support it?

“Tomorrow I will be at Gemelli for the fourth training course promoted by Heart in a Drop, this year also aimed at journalists. However, I urged everyone to go to the demonstration and witness for life. Tomorrow is a demonstration to tell those in doubt that it is never conceivable to eliminate a sufferer along with suffering, or that abortion can be codified as a means of contraception. “We choose life” is not just a beautiful slogan, precisely because today it is necessary to choose. The culture of death wants to offer us a life without roots with the past, nor projection into the future, with the result that the present is harmful to us. Instead, the present must have its roots in the past and its spirit in the future. “

A few weeks ago, the clinical care course for maternity wards with high-risk and terminal fetal pathologies was inaugurated at Gemelli. What are the most important and innovative aspects of this structure?

“This is the first example in the world of this type of road, which encodes a care protocol in a hospital structure. In the whole world panorama, there is no similar structure, even though there are six or seven hospitals that have expressed a desire to create a hospice perinatal model inspired by the Gemini model. An important aspect relates to the fact that we treat not only cases of terminal fetal pathologies, but all cases of important fetal pathologies. There are diagnoses of serious pathologies, assessed as incompatible with life outside the womb, which then, thanks to fetal therapies guided by ultrasound or non-invasive palliative treatments, change the natural history of these pregnancies.

Could you specifically illustrate this latter aspect?

“It is precisely this characteristic that characterizeshospice perinatal from the adult hospice. For adults, the paths are oriented toward a death that will happen sooner or later, except for miraculous events that no one wants to rule out. For children, on the other hand, it may happen that therapeutic or palliative treatments change their natural history. There are cases of children who do not make it, but there are just over 35% who improve and who, after appropriate treatment, are in the arms of their mothers. “

However, the widespread mentality surrounding these cases tends to push for abortion against children conceived with serious pathologies …

“We should take the sandals of cultural and ideological prejudice. Often there is a rush to have an abortion, but this haste collides with the relational methodology, with diagnostic precision, with the possibility of empathic listening. We tend not to see the woman or the couple, therefore, certain decisions are made in haste, unconsciousness, lack of listening, and lack of scientific precision.Of the hundreds of women we have followed over the years, no one has ever regretted the journey with us: We have helped them choose consciously, we have embraced them with a response that is not only scientific-clinical but human.This is where the other arm of the road takes over, namely families, other women and other couples who have lived the same experience and who can provide feedback to it state of desolation and loneliness, where mothers struggle with a fetal disease, then there is a third arm of the Il Cuore in una Goccia Foundation, which offers psychological support in a voluntary and free way, to support the choice zeal taken. Finally, there is financial support to cover travel and subsistence expenses for families coming from different parts of Italy. The good thing about this group ofhospice that is, families find a horizontal, not top-down organization, where one primary gives orders. No one “commands”, for all parts. The perinatal period is from the 28th week of pregnancy to one month after birth. Sohospice takes responsibility for the whole family immediately after the unfortunate perinatal diagnosis ».

As you have often explained, the conceived child from the very first moments has a far from passive role in the mother’s physiological balance. How?

“A unique and irrevocable bond is immediately established between the son and the mother. In a 2000 leader, the British Medical Journal he stated that the embryo is an active leader of his plant and his future destiny. The fetal-placental unit that is established between the mother and the baby, to create the amount of hormones that then make a pregnancy normal, sees the embryo as an active partner, protagonist with the mother. Subsequent studies by Diana Bianchi have confirmed that the embryo is the main character in an implantation of protective stem cells, which even cures some pathologies in the mother. In addition to being a biological protagonist, the embryo has therefore also been defined as “the mother’s doctor”. This whole world of symbiosis and biological and even psychodynamic conditions is annulled by legislation that does not want to take into account these aspects. Recently, the Ellaone pill became prescription-only for teens without a prescription. Who informs these girls about what impact these hormone bombs may have on their future reproduction? Consumer ideology is trying to triumph over existential pedagogy. But what is greater in existential pedagogy than what a child does with its mother during pregnancy? What can you teach people more about this inseparable and so intimate relationship that grows over the course of nine months? “

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