2018 International Conference

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 21st International Perinatal Bereavement Conference


October 24 – 27, 2018


 Union Station Hotel Downtown – St. Louis, Missouri


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The Gateway to New Ideas & Practice

Conference Mission

PLIDA is among the leading perinatal bereavement  organizations in the world and has a unique purpose:

To support care providers and
parent advocates in their efforts to improve care for families who experience the death of a baby during pregnancy, birth, or infancy.  

The conference brings together leading international experts to share the latest updates on key clinical research and best practices.

Conference Schedule

The 2018 IPBC will be a very unique opportunity to gain educational insight on a variety of topics, but to also engage in networking events that are once in a lifetime.


Who Attends?

  • Advanced Practice Nurses
  • Chaplains
  • Child Life Specialists
  • Funeral Directors
  • Genetic Counselors
  • Lactation Consultants
  • Maternal Fetal Specialists
  • Music Therapists
  • Neonatologists
  • Nurses
  • Obstetricians
  • Palliative Care Practitioners
  • Parent Advocates
  • Physician Assistants
  • Policy Makers
  • Professors
  • Program Administrators
  • Psychologists
  • Researchers
  • Social Workers
  • Ultrasonographers


Conference CEUs

The IPBC is pleased to offer continuing education credit to multiple clinical disciplines, including:

  • Nurses
  • Social Workers
  • Chaplains
  • Child Life Specialists
  • …and more!

Those who request continuing education credit for attending the conference will be assessed a fee of $25.00 payable at the time of registration. Signing up for continuing education must be completed at registration. Completion of online sign-in and evaluation is required for contact/CE hours.

Conference Speakers

The six plenary speakers are

  • Dr. Terri Major-Kincade
  • Dr. Brian Carter
  • Dr. Kathie Kobler
  • June Hanke
  • Dr. Diane Sanford
  • Dr. Denise Côté-Arsenault

The conference includes over 50 preconference and concurrent speakers, along with poster presentations!

Register Early!

Register early (by August 1st) for the 2018 IPBC for a chance to attend a special President’s Reception honoring perinatal bereavement pioneers. This special event is an intimate gathering designed to provide a time and space to honor those who came before us.

Guests of honor include Drs. Rana Limbo and Sara Wheeler (Resolve Through Sharing) and Catherine Lammert and Sr. Jane Marie Lamb (in memoriam)(Share 1977).

Conference Fees

Registration All registrations will be conducted online (click here!)

Preconference and Main Conference registrations are available, for both PLIDA members and non members. 

Preconference AND Main Conference (member pricing and registering by 9/14) is $719.

Preconference (member pricing and registering by 9/14) is $120 for half day, and $220 for a full day. 

Main Conference (member pricing and registering by 9/14) is $499. 

Main Conference, single day options are available as well. Student rates are available, but only for entry level full time students, registering for Fall 2018 courses.

Scholarships Available

PLIDA (Pregnancy Loss and Infant Death Alliance) is proud to announce that with the support of funding through PCORI*, we will be awarding 27 conference scholarships to professional care providers, parent advocates, and researchers exhibiting financial need who would like to attend the 21st International Perinatal Bereavement Conference in St. Louis, Missouri on October 24 – 27, 2018.

There are a total of 27 scholarships available, 9 for each of the following 3 groups:

  1. Professional Care Providers
  2. Parent Advocates
  3. Researchers
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