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While you're in St. Louis for the IPBC, there will be several festivals and fall activities around the area. Here's a Pumpkin Glow on October 26 - 27th in historic St. Charles... about 25 minutes from the Union Station Hotel. For more info, visit

August 30, 2018

Early bird registration rates have been extended until September 14, 2o18!

August 6, 2018

While in St. Louis for the IPBC, check out these deals!

July 2, 2018

PLIDA's Past President, Dr. Rana Limbo, released "Guided Participation in Pediatric Nursing Practice," along with Karen Pridham PhD, RN, FAAN and Michele Schroeder PhD, RN, CPNP. This is the first book about Guided Participation written for nurses.

We're excited that Dr. Limbo will be present at the 2018 International Perinatal Bereavement Conference in St. Louis in October to sign copies of this book.

Congratulations to Dr. Limbo, Dr. Pridham & Dr. Schroeder!

This authoritative publication delivers an in-depth examination of Guided Participation (GP), a dynamic process of teaching and learning that helps others become competent by providing expertise through working alongside the learner. For the nurse specifically, this means educating and working alongside parents and children within an environment that supports health. Consistent with client- and family-centered practice, this fresh approach to nurse/client teaching is drawn from a broad span of disciplines, including education, social and cultural anthropology, relationship-based attachment-caregiving theory, and developmental science.

Written for students and practitioners who wish to incorporate GP into their practice, and for managers, administrators, and policy makers who support its implementation, this resource demonstrates the value of GP as a new and emerging health care model that integrates care across health care settings. The text describes, step-by-step, how to practice GP and discusses support systems to maintain GP past the initial treatment. With abundant case studies, examples and research findings, chapters analyze how GP can promote health, prevent acute and chronic illness, and adjust old patterns of living and behaviors.

For more info or to purchase, visit


JUNE 18, 2018


Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Sponsoring 2018 PLIDA IPBC


Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep provides remembrance photography to parents suffering the loss of a baby with a free gift of professional portraiture. These priceless images offer healing, hope and honor for bereaved families. The photographs validate the existence and presence of these precious babies creating a legacy. Our vetted professional-level photographers volunteer their time to conduct an intimate portrait session. The images are gently retouched and delivered in black and white. Our purpose is to give parents heirloom images that they cannot create for themselves with their own camera. Since 2005, we have gifted more than 40,000 photographic sessions to bereaved parents in all 50 states and worldwide.
JUNE 4, 2018

Are you attending AWHONN? PLIDA will have an awesome contest going on!

May 19, 2018

PLIDA is please to present the 21st International Perinatal Bereavement Conference in St. Louis on October 24 - 27, 2018. Take a look at this video featuring speakers' Meghaan Nguyen, MSW, CCLS and Paige DelCastillo, BSN, RNC-OB, speaking about their session: When a Mother Dies: A Tale of Two Case Studies.

APRIL 6, 2018



March 28, 2018

Academy of Neonatal Nurses announces the upcoming conferences.

Spring Conference
Spring National Advanced Practice Neonatal Nurses Conference

Fall Conferences
National Neonatal Nurses Conference
National Advanced Practice Neonatal Nurses Conference
National Mother Baby Nurses Conference

March 21, 2018
IPBC will have six plenary speakers. Meet Plenary #5 of 6:

Diane G. Sanford, PhD

When Loss Becomes More than Grief: The Differences Between the Normal Experience of Loss, Complicated Grieving and Clinical Depression

Dr. Sanford is an internationally recognized expert in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, and self-care. She has presented extensively in US and Canada to doctors, nurses, behavioral health providers, childbirth educators, support staff and consumers on PMADs. In addition, Dr. Sanford co-authored two books, has been interviewed for numerous print, online and broadcast articles.

March 9, 2018


March 6, 2018
IPBC will have six plenary speakers. Meet Plenary #4 of 6:

June Hanke, MSN, MPH, RN

PLIDA is very pleased to announce June's plenary session, Maternal Mortality and Morbidity – current status, and care of families and providers following a severe maternal event. 

June Hanke has 30 years of clinical nursing experience in newborn nursery, pediatrics, high-risk Antepartum, Postpartum and labor and delivery. In addition, June has ten years public health focus on maternal and infant health. Currently Hanke gathers statistics on health condition and create GIS maps of heath indicators.

Hanke is a current member of the Texas Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Taskforce, the Executive committee for the Texas Collaborative for Healthy Mothers and Babies, as well as Co-chair of the collaborate’s Community Committee. Hanke is also the Chair of the March of Dimes Health Babies are Worth the Wait Project, a member of the Nurse Family Advisory Board and the Perinatal HIV Taskforce.

February 27, 2018

Tammy Ruiz Ziegler, RN, CPLC, a speaker at the IPBC 2018 in St. Louis, MO on October 24 - 27, 2018 invites you to attend her session. Watch her video below!


February 21, 2018

St. Louis is a major city in Missouri along the Mississippi River. Its iconic, 630-ft. Gateway Arch, built in the 1960s, honors the early 19th-century explorations of Lewis and Clark and America’s westward expansion in general. Replica paddlewheelers ply the river, offering views of the arch. The Soulard district is home to barbecue restaurants and clubs playing blues music. In addition to the beautiful parks, landmarks, and sporting events, St. Louis has something for everyone. Whether you’re traveling to the PLIDA conference solo, with a group of colleagues, or your family, St. Louis will not disappoint!

Reserve your hotel room now! $149/night.





February 18, 2018
IPBC will have six plenary speakers. Meet Plenary #3 of 6:

Kathie Kobler, PhD, APN, PCNS-BC, CHPPN, FPCN 
Tracing Rainbows through the Rain: Reconnecting to Purpose in Our Work.

Dr. Kathie Kobler is an Advanced Practice Nurse with over three decades of experience providing a relationship-based approach to care for infants and children with serious illness, and their families. She is APN Coordinator of Advocate Children’s Hospital’s Center for Fetal Care. Dr. Kobler is a published author, including co-author of Meaningful Moments: Ritual and Reflection When a Child Dies. She is an invited professional speaker regarding perinatal, neonatal, pediatric palliative care and bereavement issues. Dr. Kobler is involved in advancing expert care in serious illness through leadership positions with the Hospice & Palliative Credentialing Center, the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, and National Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Care Collaborative. Dr. Kobler is a 2014-2016 Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar, with research on health care professionals’ experiences of caring for children at end of life. She is a 2016 Fellow in Palliative Care Nursing (FPCN), and received the 2017 Distinguished Career Award from the Hospice and Palliative Nurses.


February 12, 2018


IPBC will have six plenary speakers. Meet Plenary #2 of 6:

Brian S. Carter, MD
Liminality & Accompaniment in the Context of Perinatal Palliative Care.

Dr. Carter is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, College of Medicine (1983). He completed his residency in Pediatrics at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center (1986) & Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine fellowship at the University of Colorado (1990). He was an active duty US Army Medical Corps officer (1983-1996) and is a 1991 Gulf War veteran. His clinical and academic career has revolved around neonatology, bioethics and palliative care. Dr. Carter has been recognized for his work in pediatric palliative care and published over 100 peer-reviewed articles, 30 book chapters and 3 books. He is the past-Chairman of the AAP’s Section on Hospice & Palliative Medicine. He teaches fellows, residents, medical students, graduate students, and nurse practitioners and remains clinically active in Kansas City. Dr. Carter was recently named Sirridge Professor of Medical Humanities and Bioethics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.



February 5, 2018

IPBC will have six plenary speakers. Meet Plenary #1 of 6:

Terri L. Major-Kincade, MD, MPH, FAAP

Session Title: Accepted, Anticipated and Negated: The Paradox of Repetitive Perinatal Loss in the African American Community: A Health Disparities Perspective.

Terri Major-Kincade MD MPH has practiced Pediatrics/ Neonatology for the past 20 years, including 5 years as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at UT Houston Medical School/Memorial Hermann Children’s Hospital. She has chaired the Neonatal Palliative Care Teams at Texas Health Resources Dallas and Plano for the past 7 years after completing the Palliative Care Education and Practice Program at Harvard Medical School in 2010. Terri Major-Kincade has presented at numerous OB, Nursing and PLIDA conferences over the past several years in the areas of Neonatal Palliative Care.



February 4, 2018

PLIDA will be at the AWHONN  Convention in Tampa! Swing by Booth 310! Will you be there?


February 1, 2018

Distance from Midwest cities to St. Louis

Did you know St. Louis is within a 6 hour drive of these major cities?...

Indianapolis – 4 hours (245 mi)
Louisville – 4.5 hours (260 mi)
Nashville – 5 hours (310 mi)
Chicago – 5 hours (300 mi)
Little Rock – 6 hours (350 mi)
Cincinnati – 6 hours (352 mi)
Milwaukee – 6 hours (370)



January 31, 2018

Top 5 Reasons to Sponsor the IPBC 2018

  1. Your name or organization’s logo will be included in the electronic version of the full conference brochure, all conference materials as well as the PLIDA website.
  2. Receive onsite sponsorship recognition signage with visual display of your company logo throughout the Convention and Exhibitors hall.
  3. Receive a 6’x30’ table in the exhibitor hall.
  4. Complimentary Registrations and tickets to the Welcome Reception.
  5. Make a lasting impression on attendees by identifying your organization as a leader of this unprecedented event!

For more information on sponsorship opportunities, download the exhibitor/sponsorship packet.


January 29, 2018

Why attend IPBC 2018?

From a parent advocate:

“I attended my first IPBC conference in 2016 and it exceeded my expectations. The sessions were geared towards both parent advocates and health care professionals. I was excited I could immediately apply what I learned. Being from a rural community I found the networking opportunities invaluable At the conference new friendships and resources were discovered which I was able to take away and use regularly. I was also able to meet pioneers in this field that I admire greatly. Without PLIDA I doubt I would have had those opportunities. I am looking forward to attending again in 2018.”

What are the reasons you are going to attend?

January 27, 2018

We are looking for passionate partners to join us in sponsoring one of the largest Perinatal Bereavement Conferences in the world. If your organization would benefit from the exposure of being recognized as a leader at this event, we cordially invite you to be a part of the success of the 2018 International Perinatal Bereavement Conference by:

• Sponsoring the event and receiving recognition and multiple promotional benefits.
• Exhibiting at the event to showcase your business and gain exposure.
• Attending the conference to get the latest updates on key clinical research and best practices and network with other professionals/organizations.

Download the exhibitor/sponsorship packet here to learn more!


January 24, 2018

Are you ready to approach your employer for assistance in attending the 2018 International Perinatal Bereavement Conference? Download this template letter that includes the costs and conference information, which is a perfect way to approach your organization for support.

Click here to download


December 31, 2017

Are you ready to start the New Year by gaining exposure at the best valued conference within perinatal bereavement? Check out PLIDA's Exhibitor & Sponsorship information and reserve your spot today for the upcoming 2018 International Perinatal Bereavement Conference!





December 18, 2017

Hotel Rooms at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton, are now available! The rate is $149/night! Book your room while availability and rates last!  [St. Louis Union Station Hotel: 1820 Market St., St Louis, Missouri, 63103, 1-314-231-1234] 

Click here to book now!

November 16, 2017

December 1st - 2nd, 2017
Warwick Hotel, Philadelphia, PA
For Phone Inquiries: please call 484-795-8877 or 215-627-2229
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October 18, 2017

Defining Hope Debuts on Wednesday, November 1, at a Theater Near You   
One day viewing of this feature-length film sponsored in part by HPNA and grants through the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation.  
Join thousands of other nurses across the country for the one-day theatrical viewing of the feature length documentary Defining Hope, taking place in over 100 locations across the country on Wednesday, November 1, 2017.
This feature-length documentary tells the story of eight patients with life-threatening illness - and the nurses who guide them - as they make choices about how they want to live, how much medical technology they can accept, what they hope for, and how that hope evolves when life is threatened.  It is from the award winning author and director Carolyn Jones, creator of The American Nurse Project.
We invite all members of the public, especially nurses in all specialties, to attend this screening. Nurses can earn 1.25 free contact hours by watching the film and completing the available evaluation. Viewing locations and tickets are available through the film's web site at
Through a generous gift from the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation, 10 HPNA chapters will be sponsoring hosting parties on that date. For a list of those locations, as well as other HPNA related viewing locations, view the web site below. We look forward to seeing you at the theater on November 1.



October 16, 2017

As you begin to prep for the 2018 International Perinatal Bereavement Conference in St. Louis (10/24 - 10/28), check out some helpful travel tips and tools!

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August 1, 2017
Call for Proposals is now available! Click here to download!






July 7, 2017
Call for Proposals for the 2018 International Perinatal Bereavement Conference will be opening by July 15, 2017. Stay tuned!!! Will you be joining us in St. Louis, Missouri on October 24 - 27, 2018?


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