On behalf of the PLIDA Board and Members, Conference Committee, and the entire Perinatal Bereavement community, thank you for your sponsorship and support of the most rewarding conference available. Below are the top tiered sponsors that are intricate supporters of the conference.
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$5,000 Mighty Mississippi Level
Resolve Through Sharing® (RTS), a program of Gundersen Medical Foundation, is known as the “go to” program for professionals who want the best evidence- and relationship-based education centered on caring for those who are grieving. Offering three bereavement trainings (Perinatal Death, Neonatal and Pediatric Death, and Adult Death) and a train-the-trainer course (Coordinator Training), RTS is the most comprehensive program you will find to help you attain your bereavement care and grief support goals. RTS offers nearly 150 unique, high-quality products to support both bereaved families and the clinicians who care for them. RTS is involved in ongoing research and consistently advocates for patients and families through position statements and education that leads to improved outcomes. Since its inception in 1981, over 50,000 people worldwide have been trained in the RTS model, enabling them to provide outstanding family-centered care to patients and families experiencing loss through death and dying.
Mercy Hospital St. Louis, part of Mercy’s east Missouri region, is an 859-bed comprehensive teaching hospital. The 80-acre site houses a nine-level heart and vascular hospital, a cancer center, a comprehensive children's hospital and a surgery center. Mercy Hospital St. Louis is the area’s leading maternity center where more mothers choose to give birth than any other hospital in Missouri. Mercy offers all levels of care from high-risk pregnancy to un-medicated, low-intervention options all with the peace of mind knowing just steps away is St. Louis County’s most advanced Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. At Mercy Hospital St. Louis, a program known as Mercy HeartPrints provides one-on-one help to parents who have experienced the loss of a baby by neonatal death, stillbirth, miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy or shortly after birth. Support is provided by nurses, chaplains and others who are trained in perinatal grief education. The team offers support and comfort during and after hospitalization and as long as needed to provide ongoing support through the grief process, including a support group. The program is based on the Resolve Through Sharing model of care developed by Gundersen Health System in Wisconsin and adopted by Mercy Hospital St. Louis. For more information or to join the support group, call the Mercy HeartPrints Coordinator at 314-251-6878. For more information on Mercy Hospital, visit www.mercy.net.
$2,500 Grand Station Level
Cabocreme was developed by board-certified Ob/Gyn, Dr. Jill Farmar in 2001. For many years lactation specialists and physicians have known about the benefits of applying raw cabbage leaves to engorged breasts to decrease discomfort and swelling. However, Dr. Farmar’s patients wanted something more convenient and effective than cabbage leaves and cold packs so Dr. Farmar collaborated with a biochemist from a top-notch cosmetic lab in her hometown of Dallas, Texas to formulate Cabocreme. Dr. Farmar’s philosophy is to support women wherever they may be in their breastfeeding journey. Breast milk is good but if a woman needs to dry up immediately after birth or weaning, Cabocreme can help ease the transition.
We are the region's only independent health care system dedicated solely to the health and well-being of children. In Milwaukee and throughout the state, we provide kids and their families a wide range of care and support - everything from routine care to life saving advances and treatment options. Our academic partner, The Medical College of Wisconsin, brings many of the nation's most well-respected doctors to our team. Together we work to ensure that every child and family we serve receives nothing but the best.
Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital is a 310-bed quaternary care women and children’s hospital, located in the Texas Medical Center. As a primary teaching hospital for the pediatric and obstetrics/gynecology programs with our academic partner, McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, we are committed to serving the global community. Our multidisciplinary team of affiliated doctors, nurses, therapists and other allied healthcare professionals are focused on the personalized needs of women and children with an emphasis on quality, education, outcomes, customer service and advanced research.
Healing Moments Counseling is owned and operated by Kathleen Massmann, a Licensed Clinical Counselor and Clinical Supervisor. Our group strives to provide high quality mental health services in a way that honors the unique nature of each and every client, while promoting an environment of compassion and respect. Our clinic was born out of its founders vision to provide a safe place for individuals, couples and families to grieve. This vision has transformed over the last seven years into a clinic focused on the overall health and wellness of each and every one of our clients. We are pleased to provide Counseling Services, Bereavement Services, Bereavement Doula Services, Nutrition Counseling, Psychological Testing, Nutrition Testing, Educational Seminars, Bereavement Retreats and Life Coaching. www.healingmomentscounseling.com
Catherine A. Lammert
Perinatal Bereavement Consultant
Catherine Lammert, RN CPLC has been involved in perinatal loss for the past 35 years, serving as Executive Director of Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support for twenty of those years. She has served as a consultant or co-chair of IPBC for the several conferences. Since her retirement from Share in 2013, she has served as a perinatal loss consultant and educator. She currently is the lead for the Eugene Washington PCORI Award Proposal and Co-chair of Meet Us in St. Louis!
The Pregnancy Loss and Infant Death Alliance (PLIDA) has a unique purpose: to provide a formal network and a unified international presence to increase awareness and education focused on the emotional experiences and needs of bereaved families. PLIDA's goal is to be the central place for care giving professionals, parent advocates, members of the media and policy makers to share information on the professional care of families experiencing a perinatal loss. PLIDA also organizes the biennial International Perinatal Bereavement Conference (https://plida.org/2018-international-conference/).
Star Legacy Foundation is a community of parents, families, health professionals and advocates dedicated to the prevention of pregnancy & infant loss and the support of families who must endure these terrible tragedies. Our work focuses on research, education, awareness, advocacy and family support. For more information visit: www.starlegacyfoundation.org
Return to Zero: H.O.P.E. (RTZ) aims to transform the experience of pregnancy and infant loss by empowering bereaved parents and their health providers to break the culture of silence that surrounds such deaths, to navigate their way through the grieving process, and to find healing. RTZ offers comfort care packages for parents after their loss, education for practitioners, and holistic retreats for mothers in the United States and abroad. To join our community of 40,000+ people who are working together to connect with their children and find meaning and empowerment through these experiences, visit http://rtzhope.org.
Samuel’s Lullaby is a not for profit organization that creates baskets of comfort and hope for moms who have lost their babies. Each basket is meant to be a lullaby for that mother, to bring them comfort for just that brief moment. We will reach out to other families that are going through this type of loss to ensure they know that their little angel will never be forgotten and that they will never be alone.
Share Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support is a community for anyone who experiences the tragic death of a baby. We serve parents, grandparents, siblings, and others in the family unit, as well as the professionals who care for grieving families. Share is a national organization with over 75 chapters in 29 states. Our services include bed-side companions, phone support, face-to-face support group meetings, resource packets, private online communities, memorial events, training for caregivers, and so much more. Should you need them, we hope you can also benefit from at least one of these many resources.
University of Missouri
University of Missouri - St. Louis - Missouri Institute of Mental Health
$1,000 Railway Level
We provide comprehensive loss support and education to parents who have suffered a pregnancy loss, miscarriage, still birth or early infant death, as well as education and training for health care practitioners who care for loss support families. For more information visit: https://www.coloradopregnancyloss.org/
Harris Health System is a fully integrated healthcare system that cares for all residents of Harris County, Texas. Our system includes 18 community health centers, five same-day clinics, five school-based clinics, three multi-specialty clinic locations, a dental center and dialysis center, mobile health units, a rehabilitation and specialty hospital and two full-service hospitals. Harris Health is a teaching system for Baylor College of Medicine and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). We train the next generation of healthcare providers on the latest medical procedures and technological breakthroughs.
Denise M. Paul, MA, CT, CPLC is the Perinatal Loss Grief Specialist at Holy Redeemer Hospital in a suburb of Philadelphia. Her ministry begins in the Delivery Room where she helps parents make memories with their babies, and continues with a monthly support group at the hospital. She has a small private practice where she counsels bereaved parents pro-bono. Denise is a member of the Ethics Committee and the Perinatal Palliative Care Team of the hospital.