2016 International Conference

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Please join us for PLIDA's International Perinatal Bereavement Conference!

2016 marks the 20th International Perinatal Bereavement Conference, a time for a multidisciplinary group of professionals to come together to gain knowledge from leaders in our field, network and learn from each other. Conferences are held biannually and are planned in locations across the United States. Learning opportunities include plenary sessions from leading experts, a wide range of concurrent sessions as well as half-day pre-conference sessions that provide opportunities for additional learning and skill building. Extended break times allow for conversations started in sessions to continue informally and to facilitate networking with your peers. Continuing education credits are offered for the fields of medicine, nursing, social work, genetic counseling, chaplaincy and more.

The conference has evolved over the years, reflecting the development of our field. Presentations are backed by peer-reviewed research, are taught by leaders and reflect best practice. Those who are new to the profession as well as those who have been doing this work for decades can all come away with practical tools and new ways of thinking about their work. The conference time includes opportunities to learn and network as well as time for self-care and reflection. Exhibits and poster sessions provide additional learning and networking venues. Download the conference brochure here!

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.

Conference planners choose locations that offer attendees and accompanying family members the opportunity to have a vacation experience and take “time away” while keeping within budget constraints with reasonable airfare and room rates in mind. It is our hope that you’ll return energized both professionally and personally.

Are you in search of the perfect words to convince your manager that you need to attend this conference? Download this fully customizable letter and tweak to fit your costs, then submit to your management team! Download here!

For additional information on the conference, please visit our conference website - www.perinatalbereavementconference.org.


Just a few remaining group-rate rooms remain for Wednesday through Saturday nights at the Buttes but the hotel does have availability at their standard rates.  To check on availability, call the toll free reservation line at 888-867-7492 and ask for the “PLIDA Add-on Block.”The conference hotel is only 3 miles from Sky Harbor airport and there are literally dozens of very reasonably priced hotel options in the area.

You’ll still be able to enjoy the beautiful resort grounds and amenities throughout the day and evening and have only a few minute drive to your hotel. Use your preferred hotel search website and you’ll find many available options as low as $65 per night.  Rental cars are readily available at the airport and can be reserved for a low as $70 for a 4 day rental or simply use Uber!  It’s easy, inexpensive and you’ll be receiving an Uber credit in your welcome packet from the Visitor Bureau.

As always, we’re here to help!  Please contact the PLIDA Business Manager, Rossana Urbina, for assistance at 888-693-1435 or rossanaurbinaplida@gmail.com

The deadline to become an exhibitor or sponsor has been extended!  We will be taking applications through the end of August. Please note that exhibit space is limited so please plan to get your applications in soon.  For full information please visit http://www.perinatalbereavementconference.org/exhibitor/

Registration is now open! For full conference details, please visit www.perinatalbereavementconference.org




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