Pediatric Hospice: UNM Mariposa Program

We do not expect children to have life limiting medical conditions...But tragically, some do.  The Mariposa Program of UNM Children's Hospital is designed to assist families facing such a challenge.  Mariposa offers comprehensive, compassionate care for infants, children and adolescents with life limiting conditions.

The program serves not only the child, but supports the entire family, including parents and siblings. An individualized plan of care is designed to meet the specific needs, hopes and goals of each patient and his or her family. The plan addresses the medical, nursing, psychosocial, and spiritual needs of the patient and family, and is carried out by a team of highly trained professionals. The Mariposa Program emphasizes quality of life rather than length of life, and uses whatever time is available to provide spiritual and emotional support to the patient and family.

"The dying child deserves always to be treated first as a child, and secondarily as a dying person."                          Kathleen W. Faulkner, Hospice Care for Children

 
Infant

 
Mother and baby