In this episode Chris Duffy visits with Joann O’Leary and Shirley Ochi-Watson.
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. Dr. O'Leary facilitates several of the Star Legacy Foundation support groups including the Grandparent and Extended Family Group, Pregnancy After Loss Group, and the Parenting After Loss Group. Joann lives in Minneapolis, MN with her husband, John.
Shirley Ochi Watson is grandmother to a stillborn grandson, Kainoa Mark Watson. Shirley is a regular participant in the Star Legacy Foundation Grandparent's Support Group. Kainoa's parents are Jay and Christel Watson.