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Neonatal Loss Online Course(s) & Continuing Education

Access the latest clinical skills and research for Neonatal Loss for NEONATOLOGY professional training. These Neonatal Loss online courses provide practice-changing skills and valuable perspectives from leading global experts. This Neonatal Loss education has been accredited for a variety of CEUs / CERPs and can be accessed on-demand, at your own pace.

Hours / Credits: 1 (details)
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USA Gina Harris, MNM, BA

Gina has been the CEO at NILMDTS since October 2011. Gina has extensive expertise in nonprofits and has personally been touched by the services of NILMDTS. In 2007, Gina and her husband lost their first son David du to Potter’s Syndrome. Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep captured images of David. Not even a year later, the Harris’ lost their second son, Ethan from another condition called hydrops and cystic hygromas. Because his condition was so severe and the shock they were in, the couple did not get pictures of him. Gina understands from firsthand experience the significance NILMDTS images have on the healing process. Gina spent 12 years at a national youth-serving nonprofit and was the executive director for five of those years. Gina is a sought after national speaker and is a published author. She has been featured in major media including CNN, The LA Times, The Washington Post, Extra, NBC, People Magazine, and dozens of local newspapers and radio shows. Gina has a Master’s of Science in Nonprofit Management and a bachelor of arts in television news and video communications. Cheryl Haggard is the founding parent of Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep. She is a stay at home wife to Michael and the mother of Chase, Anna, Natalie and baby Maddux. NILMDTS was formed after the birth of her fourth child Maddux Achilles Haggard, who was born with the rare condition called Myotubular Myopathy. Cheryl is extremely active in all her children’s activities. She enjoys the thrill of life, and has participated in events such as skydiving. She also knows the value of life and donated a kidney to a friend in 2007. Cheryl enjoys photography, hiking, boating, sunny days, thunderstorms, Texas hold ‘em poker, Colorado microbreweries, her two dogs and three cats, as well as everything about Tim Tebow. She and her family currently reside in the foothills of Denver, Colorado. Cheryl believes that the pain of losing a child never gets easier, and that you just become a stronger person to carry that pain throughout your life.

USA Gina Harris, MNM, BA
Abstract:

Pregnancy and birth are miraculous journeys, but joy turns to sadness when a baby dies or is born still. Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep (NILMDTS) helps families capture the love of their baby with a free gift of heirloom quality photographs. It may not initially occur to parents to photograph their baby, but parents who do receive images of their baby are extremely grateful as these photographs play a significant role in the healing process. This presentation will discuss how to give the best care to grieving parents, the benefits of remembrance portraiture, and how to capture the only moments parents will spend with their baby.

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Presentations: 20  |  Hours / CE Credits: 20.25  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
Hours / Credits: 1 (details)
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USA Jessica McNeil, MSN, RNC-OB

I attended Texas Christian University and completed my Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2008. I started my nursing career in a 107 bed level III NICU at Parkland Memorial Hospital, where I had the opportunity to care for some of the sickest babies. After my time there, I transferred to another hospital where I worked in labor & delivery, Antepartum, OR, and continued to care for babies. In 2013, I had the opportunity to complete my masters in nursing education at Walden University and began working as a perinatal nurse educator. I am currently the Nurse Residency and Clinical Simulation program coordinator at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, as well as the chair of the DFW section of AWHONN, and the host chair for the 2016 National AWHONN Conference. In my free time I enjoy working out, playing with my dog, Winnie, and serving at my church.

USA Jessica McNeil, MSN, RNC-OB
Abstract:

Every day throughout the country women’s health nurses encounter patients that have suffered from a neonatal loss. Nurses play an integral part in helping families to navigate through losing their infant. As perinatal nurses, it is important that we know how to best physically and mentally care for our patients during this difficult time. While our patients needs remain our primary focus, it is also imperative that we are able to recognize and process our own emotions as we go through this experience with our patients. The inability to acknowledge not only our own feelings, but those of our colleagues, can lead to increased stress, compassion fatigue, and healthcare provider burnout. The use of individual and team strategies to help recognize and confront our emotions as healthcare providers not only allows us to better support and care for our patients, but also provides a healthy work environment.

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Presentations: 20  |  Hours / CE Credits: 20.25  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks

When a Baby Dies: Providing Care and Support

By Vicki Culling, BA (Education); Master of Arts (Applied) in Social Work; PhD Women’s Studies.
Hours / Credits: 1 (details)
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New Zealand Vicki Culling, BA (Education); Master of Arts (Applied) in Social Work; PhD Women’s Studies.

Dr Vicki Culling is the Director and principal trainer for Vicki Culling Associates. Vicki is a bereaved parent and has been actively involved in Sands (an organisation that supports families when a baby or child dies) for over fifteen years. The stillbirth of her first daughter led her to utilise her skills, in supporting bereaved parents and families and educating health professionals with in-person workshops and online learning. Vicki was a founding member of the NZ national Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee (PMMRC) set up in 2005 and charged with collecting data on perinatal and maternal mortality and morbidity in NZ. Vicki is a current member of the NZ Ministry of Health’s Maternal Fetal Medicine Governance Board and vice-Chair of the National Perinatal Pathology Clinical Governance Committee. She also works as a lay reviewer for the Medical Council of NZ and the Dental Council of NZ. She lives in Wellington with her husband Kevan and daughter Phoebe.

New Zealand Vicki Culling, BA (Education); Master of Arts (Applied) in Social Work; PhD Women’s Studies.
Abstract:

In this presentation, we will explore grief and baby loss from a first-world, Western perspective. We will reflect on how our attitudes to grief have formed and look at the differences between traditional and contemporary approaches to grief and the tension that lies between them. We will also discuss some of the different ways that baby loss is discussed societally – looking particularly at platitudes, euphemisms and the tendency to minimize a baby’s death. We’ll finish with an exploration of our own approach to supporting bereaved families - our philosophy of care. At the end of this presentation, participants will have an array of concepts to help reflect on the care they give to parents and families who have experienced the tragedy of neonatal death.

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Presentations: 10  |  Hours / CE Credits: 10.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
Available in: Neonatal Conference 2019
This presentation is currently available through a bundled series of lectures.