Dr. Sharon Hammer, a Nebraska native, graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and completed a psychiatry residency at Washington University in St. Louis. She is a perinatal psychiatrist and established the first Reproductive Psychiatry Clinic in the state of Nebraska. She continues to serve as the director of the Reproductive Psychiatry Clinic, where she leads a multi-disciplinary team. Dr. Hammer received the 2019 award for Excellence in Service to Medicaid of Nebraska. She is a volunteer for the DHHS Maternal Mortality Review Committee to reduce maternal mortality in Nebraska. This commentary reflects the sole opinion of the author’s.
“Lethal fetal anomaly” is the medical term used to describe a severe birth defect that results in an infant’s death shortly after delivery. It is a devastating, heartbreaking finding on a pregnancy ultrasound and every expectant parent’s worst nightmare. It means that their beloved child will not survive. Some parents choose to continue the pregnancy. […]