Professional Development

Topics in Perinatal Loss: Guiding Families through Grief

Thursday, December 7, 2017
8:00 AM - 2:30 PM


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Topics in Perinatal Loss: Guiding Families through Grief

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be better able to:

  • Incorporate the evidence based strategies and information discussed into their professional practice, in order to provide compassionate care, support and resources to patients and clients who have experienced a perinatal loss.


  • Describe two ways the Perinatal Mood Disorders (PMD) program can assist expectant women, new mothers and those who experience a loss connect to mental health services.
  • Explain the Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) program and describe the services provided through data collection and case reviews.
  • Identify two behaviors mothers and fathers can display in the pregnancy that follows perinatal loss.
  • Explain how to use continued bonding/attachment theories to support a parenting relationship with a deceased baby and baby that follows.
  • Describe two personality traits that may be found in children raised in families who have suffered the loss of a baby.
  • Describe three unique challenges faced by bereaved individuals in underserved communities.
  • List the risk factors specific to this population that contribute to complicated grief.
  • Evaluate the impact of nontraditional grief experiences on bereavement outcomes.
  • Describe the lived experience of women after terminating a desired pregnancy due to diagnosis of fetal anomaly.
  • Consider the societal impacts of stigma in relation to women's needs to grieve after termination of pregnancy due to fetal anomaly (TOPFA).
  • Identify interventions that assist women in their grieving after TOPFA.
  • Describe ways parents can cope with perinatal loss during the holidays.

Target Audience 
Healthcare professionals working with perinatal women, such as physicians, nurses, social workers and community members interested in providing compassionate care and support to bereaved families.  

Last Updated: 11/03/17