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Module 1: Understanding Perinatal Grief

<!-- wp:heading {"level":4} --> <h4>Important to note</h4> Eliza Strauss has written this online training  for health professionals, as an educational aid to improve the bereavement care provided to families following pregnancy loss or after the death of a baby(ies). The information contained within each module, reflects the best available evidence available at the time of its content preparation. This information may change in the future when new research and/or recommendations become available and it is important as health professionals caring for bereaved families that you stay up to date with these changes as they occur. The information contained within the modules are not intended as a substitute and care of a mother and her baby must be individualised and provided in light of the case-specific clinical assessment, diagnosis and treatment options available and appropriate to that mother. The information provided intends to guide the health professional and does not override the health provider’s local institution’s policies and processes &/or guidelines. <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <h4>Module 1</h4> In this Module, we will begin with an overview of Perinatal loss and how this type of grief can be different to other types of loss. Lesson 1 includes what parental grief looks like for families experiencing the death of their baby and then we will look at the different types of loss from miscarriage to stillbirth to neonatal loss in Lesson 2. In covering these, I will discuss the occurrence, the legal definitions and risk factors for each. In the final lesson (Lesson 3) of this first module, I will discuss the common reactions parents face in the early stages of their loss. Included within each lesson is a range of resources for you that you will be able to download and use in your practice. To get started with Module 1, simply click on the 'Complete and continue' button on the top right corner of your screen.


Module 2: Challenges and Barriers

So we have completed Module 1 and now to Module 2: Challenges for the bereaved parent. We will begin with the topic of challenges for bereaved parents in Lesson 1, followed by lesson 2 where we will consider what health care professionals may often find challenging, when caring for bereaved families. Caring for these families is undoubtedly a difficult area of nursing and obstetrics and I hear many concerns from staff who feed back to me that they just don’t know what to say or do. So let's look at equipping ourselves with the knowledge and understanding of this topic in this Module.


Module 3: Supporting the Bereaved Family

In this module, Module 3 we will cover the front-line aspects of bereavement care. You will learn what parent-centred care means which is underpinned by the extremely important five core goals of that care. This is the backbone of what needs to be done in the hospital setting and this is how I care for families when they are in front of me. These core goals of bereavement care are recommendations from the PSANZ guidelines which informs this module. There is a link to these guidelines in the reference list at the end of this training and I highly recommend you seek these out and have a copy of them at your workplace. This is also a very practical module with tips on the ‘what to say and do’ and how to go about it. This module is a big one so let’s get started!


Module 4: Going Home

In Module 4 we will be looking at going home and what this means for families when they leave us in hospital. It is often a big transition from leaving the hospital and integrating back in to their friends and family’s lives and contemplating a return to work. We will discuss the support they may require and also look at lactation after loss. We will also cover what happens when a bereaved family are thinking about trying for another baby and the implications and support they need during this next pregnancy.


Module 5: Support for Health Care Professionals

Module 5 is all about you … the health care professional and supporting you! In this module we will focus on self-care as it’s often neglected despite working in a caring industry and one that can often be quite stressful and overwhelming. We now know how caring for parents experiencing perinatal loss is a difficult specialty and I want you to be aware of what help there is out there for you. I know personally from working in this area, that I have to take the time and focus on what my needs are just as much as what the needs are for the family I am caring for. So let’s get started with Lesson 1 and delve deeper in to what self care means and why it is important.


Course Completion

Congratulations, you have completed the course Perinatal Loss: What Hospital Staff need to know. Please proceed to the final section of the Program to complete the course requirements.