The objective of the biennial International Perinatal Bereavement Conference is to engage in educational and networking opportunities for those who support bereaved families.
Participants will be able to
a. Explore relational aspects of perinatal bereavement care.
b. Apply research findings to specific care provided to bereaved families.
c. Describe innovative clinical and advocacy implications in caring for families when their baby dies.
d. Develop skills for working within an interprofessional team when providing care for bereaved families.
e. Describe principles and practice of self-care.
f. Discuss transformation as applied to processes of grieving.
This conference will appeal to any professional who provides care to families experiencing a perinatal death or who engages in research in the field including obstetricians, maternal fetal medicine physicians, neonatologists, palliative care physicians, advanced practice nurses, midwives, physician assistants, nurses, social workers, genetic counselors, ultrasonographers, chaplains, funeral directors, childlife specialists, lactation consultants, psychologists, childbirth educators, policy makers, program administrators, researchers, professors, and parent advocates, among many others. In addition, bereaved parents, themselves, participate in the conference in the role of parent advocates who may work in advocacy, lay support and who may hold a dual role as both patient and researcher or practitioner.