Perinatal Loss Training
January 20, 2024 | Saturday | 1pm- 6pm PST
Birth workers will be provided a comprehensive understanding of perinatal loss, the emotional impact on families, and the skills required to offer sensitive and effective support during this challenging time
- Defining Perinatal Loss
- Understand the scope of perinatal loss: miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death, and complications.
- Explore the prevalence and impact of perinatal loss on families.
- The Emotional Landscape of Perinatal Loss. Identify common emotional reactions experienced by parents and families. Recognize the potential long-term psychological effects of perinatal loss
- Cultural and Ethical Considerations. Discuss how cultural, religious, and personal beliefs influence responses to perinatal loss.
- Ethical considerations in providing sensitive support.
- Effective Communication Skills. Learn empathetic and active listening techniques. Practice open-ended questioning to encourage sharing of feelings.
- Communicating Difficult Topics Before Birth. Understand the challenges of discussing sensitive subjects during pregnancy. Explore strategies to address topics like complications, potential loss, and difficult decisions.
- Supporting Siblings and Extended Family. Discuss the unique needs of siblings, grandparents & extended family or friends. Learn strategies for involving and supporting the village.
Providing Physical and Emotional Care
- Physical Care and Bereavement Rituals. Explore ways to support families in making memories with their baby. Discuss options for post-loss rituals and memorialization.
- Grief and Coping Strategies. Introduce different grief models and coping mechanisms. Discuss healthy ways of processing grief for both parents and birth workers.
- Self-Care for Birth Workers. Understand the emotional toll of supporting families through perinatal loss. Learn self-care strategies to prevent burnout and compassion fatigue.
Creating a Supportive Environment
- Building a Support Network. Discuss the importance of community resources and support groups. Explore ways to connect families with relevant services.
- Working within the Healthcare System. Address challenges and opportunities in collaborating with medical professionals. Advocate for improved perinatal loss care practices within healthcare institutions.
*Taught by Educator Michelle Tyliakos. Class is not recorded. If you are unable to attend, you must give 2 hour advance notice in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be able to transfer your registration to another person, attend this class at the next offering, or put funds towards another class. Refunds will not be given.