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"Perinatal bereavement"

Claudia Ravaldi, Miriam Levi, Elena Angeli, Gianpaolo Romeo, Marco Biffino, Roberto Bonaiuti, Alfredo Vannacci
OBJECTIVE: To assess current practices of health care providers (HCPs) caring for women experiencing a stillbirth and to explore their needs for training to better support bereaved families. DESIGN: Nationwide cross-sectional survey. The main outcome measures were the evaluation of HCPs cognition, emotions and behaviours with regard to the care of women with a stillbirth care, as well as their compliance with international guidelines. PARTICIPANTS: 750 HCPs, in 11 Italian hospitals, were administered a multiple-choice questionnaire...
June 7, 2018: Midwifery
Joyce L Merrigan
Miscarriage is the unwanted ending of a pregnancy before 20 weeks gestation. Women experiencing miscarriage require specialized care from nurses and other healthcare professionals. Many women are dissatisfied with emergency care related to miscarriage and desire honest communication, validation of urgency, and more robust information at discharge. Perinatal bereavement education offers an opportunity for emergency department nurses to acquire specific knowledge and communication skills that assist with understanding the individualized experience of early pregnancy loss...
January 2018: MCN. the American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing
Joanna C M Cole, Jessica Schwarz, Mari-Carmen Farmer, Aimee L Coursey, Shawnese Duren, Marisa Rowlson, Judy Prince, Maren Oser, Diane L Spatz
The option to donate milk within the context of perinatal palliative care allows pregnant women to be involved in medical decision making before birth. In this article we examine how a perinatal bereavement program engages women and families in the process of milk donation when the deaths of their newborns are anticipated. We include two case examples to offer insight into the complexities within the patient experience of milk donation after perinatal loss.
November 24, 2017: Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing: JOGNN
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
Esther Aiyelaagbe, Rebecca E Scott, Victoria Holmes, Emma Lane, Alexander E P Heazell
Understanding parents' experience of care is essential to develop high-quality perinatal bereavement services. This study aimed at developing a questionnaire to identify parents' needs and record their experience of care. The patient experience questionnaire was developed by professionals and parents, and piloted in a tertiary maternity unit. Responses were received from 58 parents. Sensitivity and kindness of staff and time spent with their baby were ranked as 'very important' by 95% of parents. Care in these areas largely met their needs (90%), although 5% of respondents stated that partners could have been more involved...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
A Catlin
A research trajectory is reported that created state-of-the-art interdisciplinary guidelines for care of women and their families who arrive in the emergency department with pregnancy loss. These guidelines include attention to mother and family bereavement as well as care of the fetus. Design was a triangulated non-experimental exploratory action research for the purpose of changing practice. Included were: (1) A qualitative study of emergency room nurses and physicians to assess beliefs/barriers to providing optimal care for pregnancy loss patients...
July 2017: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
Daniel Nuzum, Sarah Meaney, Keelin O'Donoghue
Stillbirth is recognized as one of the most challenging experiences of bereavement raising significant spiritual and theological questions. Semi-structured qualitative interviews were conducted with bereaved parents cared for in a tertiary maternity hospital to explore the spiritual impact of stillbirth. Data were analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis. Stillbirth was identified as an immensely challenging spiritual and personal experience with enduring impact for parents. The superordinate themes to emerge were searching for meaning, maintaining hope and questioning core beliefs...
June 2017: Journal of Religion and Health
Maebh Barry, Cathy Quinn, Carmel Bradshaw, Maria Noonan, Marie Brett, Sandra Atkinson, Christina New
OBJECTIVE: To explore the influence of the Amulet artwork and exhibition on midwifery students' perceptions of caring for parents experiencing perinatal death. DESIGN: A descriptive qualitative design involving face-to-face semi-structured interviews following institutional ethical approval. SETTING: A regional Maternity Hospital in Ireland which hosted the National Artwork and Exhibition exploring the hidden world of infant death. PARTICIPANTS: A purposive sample of six consenting post registration midwifery students who had attended the Amulet artwork and exhibition...
January 2017: Nurse Education Today
Margaret McSpedden, Barbara Mullan, Louise Sharpe, Lauren J Breen, Elizabeth A Lobb
The present study investigated the presence and possible predictors of complicated grief symptoms in perinatally bereaved mothers (Nā€‰=ā€‰121) up to 5 years postbereavement. The presence of complicated grief scores in the clinical range was 12.4%, which is higher than in many other bereaved populations, and the presence of other living children may protect against the development of complicated grief symptoms. The majority of the women were able to negotiate a perinatal loss without developing complicated grief; however, there remains an important group of women who up to 5 years later score in the clinical range for complicated grief symptoms...
February 2017: Death Studies
Katherine J Gold, Margaret M Normandin, Martha E Boggs
Support groups can help individuals cope with difficult health situations but have been understudied for women with perinatal bereavement. An early study suggested those using internet support groups had high rates of positive depression screens, raising the question whether these users were more symptomatic than those in similar face-to-face support groups. We therefore conducted two convenience sample surveys of women bereaved by perinatal loss, one looking at use of online support groups and the other in-person support groups...
December 2016: Archives of Women's Mental Health
Jayanta Banerjee, Charanjit Kaur, Sridhar Ramaiah, Rahul Roy, Narendra Aladangady
BACKGROUND: Research on perinatal bereavement services is limited. The aim of the study was to compare the uptake of bereavement support services between two tertiary neonatal units (NNU), and to investigate influencing factors. METHOD: The medical and bereavement records of all neonatal deaths were studied from January 2006 to December 2011. Data collected included parent and baby characteristics, mode of death, consent for autopsy and bereavement follow-up. The categorical data were compared by chi-square or Fisher's exact test and continuous data by Wilcoxon signed-rank test; a multivariable regression analysis was performed using STATA 12...
June 29, 2016: BMC Palliative Care
Rachel M Diamond, Rosmarie E Roose
The purpose of this program evaluation was to understand the perspectives of peer parents and parents receiving support within a peer support program for perinatal bereavement at a midsized hospital within the midwestern United States. To document participants' perceptions of the program, a focus group was conducted with peer parents, and surveys were completed by both peer parents and parents receiving support. In this article we review our model of a peer support program for perinatal bereavement and report on parents' evaluation of the program...
April 2016: Nursing for Women's Health
Caroline J Hollins Martin, Yvonne Robb, Eleanor Forrest
BACKGROUND: Equipping student midwives with confidence to deliver bereavement care to childbearing women is a challenge for midwifery lecturers. OBJECTIVE: To explore qualitative data provided by student midwives who evaluated the workbook Bereavement care for childbearing women and their families (Hollins Martin & Forrest, 2013) to explore their views of potential teaching strategies that could build their confidence to deliver real bereavement care. METHOD: An exploratory qualitative thematic analysis was used to provide, analyse and report themes identified within data collected in a prior study...
April 2016: Nurse Education Today
Daniel Nuzum, Sarah Meaney, Keelin O'Donoghue, Heather Morris
The death of a baby is one of the most challenging bereavements for parents and healthcare professionals. This study explores the spiritual and theological issues raised for healthcare chaplains as they minister with parents following perinatal bereavement. Chaplains from 85% of maternity units in the Republic of Ireland participated in this study. Suffering, doubt and presence were the main theological themes raised for chaplains following perinatal death. The process of theological reflection is recommended as a sustaining and necessary tool in perinatal healthcare ministry...
September 2015: Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling: JPCC
Jonathan Rogers, Molly Spink, Abi Magrill, Karen Burgess, Mark Agius
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to evaluate the outcomes of Petals: a charitable organisation in Cambridgeshire. Petals provides counselling for women and couples who have suffered perinatal bereavement, or trauma during pregnancy or birth. This paper attempts to evaluate the effect of counseling interventions at this difficult time. METHODS: Outcomes were recorded in 107 patients using the CORE (Clinical Outcomes in Routine Evaluation) system. CORE was developed to assess the effectiveness of psychological therapies...
September 2015: Psychiatria Danubina
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The above article from Journal of Clinical Nursing, 'Investigating factors associated with nurses' attitudes towards perinatal bereavement care: a study in Shandong and Hong Kong' by Chan, M. F., Lou, F.-l., Cao, F.-l., Li, P., Liu, L. and Wu, L. H. published online on 6 July 2009 in Wiley Online Library ( and in Volume 18, pp. 2344-2354, has been retracted by agreement between the authors, the journal Editor in Chief and John Wiley & Sons Ltd. The retraction has been agreed following an investigation carried out by the National University of Singapore due to major overlap with a previously published article: Chan MF, Lou F-l, Arthur DG, Cao F-l, Wu LH, Li P, Sagara-Rosemeyer M, Chung LYF & Lui L (2008) Investigating factors associate to nurses' attitudes towards perinatal bereavement care...
September 2015: Journal of Clinical Nursing
Patricia A Wilson, Frances M Boyle, Robert S Ware
BACKGROUND: Stillbirth is a profoundly distressing event. Little evidence exists to guide best practice bereavement care in the perinatal setting. AIMS: To document parents' experiences and outcomes in relation to seeing and holding a stillborn baby at a hospital with a specialist perinatal bereavement service. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Prospective cohort study of 26 mothers and 11 fathers who experienced a stillbirth at the Mater Mothers' Hospital, Brisbane from September 2007-December 2008...
August 2015: Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
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July 2015: Journal of Advanced Nursing
June Rondinelli, Kathleen Long, Connie Seelinger, Cecelia L Crawford, Regina Valdez
As nurses provide holistic support, their own comfort in caring for parents and families experiencing perinatal loss must be considered. Study results showed that, although education is essential, experience independently predicted comfort in delivering perinatal bereavement care. Evidence from this study promotes the discussion of how nurse educators can structure professional development programs to best transfer the experience and confidence of perinatal nurses who are already comfortable with bereavement care to nurses who are not...
May 2015: Journal for Nurses in Professional Development
Cybele Blood, Joanne Cacciatore
BACKGROUND: Postmortem memento photography has emerged in Western hospitals as part of compassionate bereavement care for parents facing perinatal death. Many parents endorse this psychosocial intervention, yet implementation varies greatly and little research on parents' specific needs guides health care professionals. Parents are in crisis and vulnerable after the death of their child, thus best practice is crucial. This study contributes 104 parents' experiences and opinions toward the understanding of best practice in perinatal bereavement photography...
2014: BMC Psychology
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