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Pregnancy After A Loss – Joann O’Leary, PhD

December 4, 2017


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This month Chris Duffy interviews Dr. Joann O’Leary on the topic of pregnancy after loss.  Dr. O’Leary, holds a B.E.S. and a Masters in Maternal-Child Health from the University of MN. She also has a Masters in Psychology through research from Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Her Ph.D. is in Work, Community and Family Education and from the University of Minnesota. Her dissertation was The Meaning of Parenting During Pregnancy, After the Loss of a Baby: A Descriptive Phenomenological Study of Parenting a Subsequent Baby Following a Perinatal Loss. She became certified as Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale examiner during her MPH course and moved into a hospital setting working within a High Risk Perinatal Center. Dr. O’Leary’s Ph.D. research was funded by the Bush Foundation. She does research and writing on prenatal parenting; pregnancy and parenting after the loss of a baby, including its impact on fathers and siblings, including adults who were the child in their family born after the loss of a baby. Joann formerly taught CEED online courses: Pregnancy and Birth: An Emerging Perspective on Children’s Development and Pregnancy’s Unexpected Outcomes: Death, Disabilities, and the Impact on Parents and Children–A Guide for Practitioners. Joann lives in Minneapolis, MN with her husband, John.  She can be reached at joann@starlegacyfoundation.org

Dr. O’Leary is a former board Star Legacy Foundation Board Member and is currently a member of the Medical Advisory Board.  Dr. O’Leary also familitates the Star Legacy Foundation’s online video Pregnancy After Loss and Grandparent Support Groups.

Dr. O’Leary has published several books on Pregnancy After Loss including When Pregnancy Follows Loss and most recently Meeting the Needs of Parents Pregnant and Parenting After Perinatal Loss.  


Pregnancy After A Loss – Joann O’Leary, PhD

1 Comment

  1. Morgan Dudley-Tackett says:

    What a beautifully informative and compassionate interview to listen to as a bereaved mother.

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