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Infant bereavement photography

Lawrence D LeDuff, Wanda T Bradshaw, Stephanie M Blake
BACKGROUND: Parents who experience a perinatal loss often leave the hospital with empty arms and no tangible mementos to validate the parenting experience. Opportunities to create parenting experiences with transitional objects exist following the infant's death. PURPOSE: This article offers suggestions for staff in units where infant loss is possible to best assist parents in optimal grieving through the offering of transitional bereavement objects. METHODS/SEARCH STRATEGY: CINAHL Complete, MEDLINE, and the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews were searched using the following key words-perinatal bereavement, grief, perinatal loss, transitional objects, bereavement photography-and the search was limited to 5 years and the English language...
October 2017: Advances in Neonatal Care: Official Journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses
Sheila Harvey, Claire Snowdon, Diana Elbourne
The provision of bereavement care is an important part of neonatal intensive care. This systematic review of the effectiveness of interventions to support families and facilitate emotional adjustment following the death of a baby suggests that, while these are largely appreciated by parents who have participated in research, there has been little rigorous evaluation of their effectiveness. This review reflects on possible reasons for this; for example: NICU-led bereavement care is changing, the effectiveness of bereavement care is difficult to measure, concepts of effectiveness are not static, and ethical concerns complicate experimental research...
October 2008: Seminars in Fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Patricia R McCartney
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2007: MCN. the American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing
Katherine J Gold, Vanessa K Dalton, Thomas L Schwenk
OBJECTIVE: To systematically review parent experiences with hospital care after perinatal death. DATA SOURCES: An evaluation of more than 1,100 articles from 1966 to 2006 was performed to identify studies of fetal death in the second or third trimester and neonatal death in the first month of life. METHODS OF STUDY SELECTION: Studies were limited to those that were in English, evaluated care in U.S. hospitals, and contained direct parent data or opinions...
May 2007: Obstetrics and Gynecology
R Meredith, R Rodrigues Pereira, H A W Schut, M S Stroebe
The death of a newborn infant is an extremely emotional event for relatives. Many hospitals provide the parents with support, and in some cases a mourning protocol is available. Some hospitals offer parents photographs of infants which have died around birth. The photographs are often taken by a nurse or doctor on the maternity or paediatric ward. It is advisable to draw up a mourning protocol which allows professional studio photographs to be taken. As a photograph is often the only concrete memento that parents have of their baby, it is important for it to be of good quality...
June 17, 2006: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
Rosemary Mander, Rosalind K Marshall
OBJECTIVE: To examine the place of recent and historical pictorial representations of the dead baby and their relevance to the current care of grieving parents. DESIGN: A selective review of the literature on representations of the dead baby. Visual examination of seven paintings (1550-1676) in order to understand their meaning. FINDINGS: In the late 20th century the practice of taking photographs of the baby who had died became widely accepted...
September 2003: Midwifery
K V Alexander
This article describes one nurse's experience resulting from her interest in the value of giving bereavement photographs to parents who experience a perinatal loss. Three families were interviewed about the meaning of those photographs. The parents described deep feelings of the importance of the photographs, which provided the parents with unquestionable proof of their baby's existence. The information discovered through these interviews provides a basic look at how visual memories of the infant can help in the healing process...
May 2001: MCN. the American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing
D R Sawyer
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 1998: Journal of Biological Photography
M R Primeau, C K Recht
Although professionals can do little to cushion the emotional trauma for parents and family when an infant dies, many institutions have implemented bereavement programs to offer counseling, support, and assistance. Included in such programs are photographs of the deceased infant. The value of such photographs has been documented in the literature. Some institutions provide parents with instantly developed photos of the deceased infant. Unfortunately, instant prints may blue and often fade with time. To improve services to bereaved families at a hospital in Massachusetts, a program was implemented to use the skills of the hospital's professional biomedical photographers and the nursing team...
January 1994: Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing: JOGNN
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