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Bereavement Training: Perinatal Death

Resolve Through Sharing (RTS) Bereavement Training: Perinatal Death is a comprehensive 2-day training known world-wide as the "Gold Standard" in perinatal bereavement education. Attend this training to enhance your knowledge, level of skill, and personal awareness when providing care to families whose baby dies.

Training focus
Perinatal death through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, and newborn death.

Who should attend?

This course is intended for: Nurses, social workers (all levels of practice), public health nurses, home health workers, chaplains, midwives, genetic counselors, physicians/physician assistants, child life specialists, ultrasonographers, funeral directors. Other healthcare professionals who practice in high risk antepartum, labor and delivery, mother/baby, pediatric/neonatal intensive care, perinatal hospice, emergency room, surgery (including outpatient, inpatient, and recovery), obstetrics/gynecology, genetics, and family practice will benefit from this training.

RTS's perinatal death training is referenced as the only educational offering available to help prepare for the Hospice & Palliative Credentialing Center's perinatal loss care certification exam (CPLC).

You may also be interested in attending Resolve Through Sharing Coordinator Training.



Day 1

7:30 a.m. Sign in
8:00 a.m.

  • Getting acquainted and setting the stage
  • Introduction to relationship in perinatal bereavement care
  • Using theoretical frameworks to understand relationship
    • Break
  • Working with bereaved families using Guided Participation
    • Break
  • Building and maintaining relationship: Culture and communication when a baby dies
  • Relationship in practice: Giving care (miscarriage)
    • Lunch
  • Relationship in practice: Giving care (ectopic, stillbirth, newborn death)
  • Keepsakes, photography
    • Break
  • Summary of day 1; preparation for day 2

4:30 p.m. Adjourn

Day 2

7:30 a.m. Sign in
8:00 a.m.
Reflections on day 1

  • Relationship through spiritual care and ritual
  • Maintaining relationship with others (fathers, partners, grandparents, children) and in special circumstances (teen parents, twins, and higher birth order)
  • Perinatal palliative care
  • The central role of hope in decision making
  • Respectful disposition and funeral options
    • Break
  • Transferring relationship - Follow up; staying connected and ongoing support; social networking
  • Standards, policies, and paperwork
  • Work groups: Solution-focused approaches to barriers in providing perinatal bereavement care
    • Lunch
  • Relationship-based care as a foundation for caring for yourself
  • Skill building
    • Break
  • Work groups: Self-care and self-awareness practices in the workplace
  • Wrap up and evaluations; closing ritual; Celebrate Living

3:30 pm: Adjourn

Pre-requirement: Three online modules must be completed prior to attending the classroom segment of the training (cost included in registration fee).

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