Tricia Rausch is a registered nurse at AdventHealth Shawnee Mission Birth Center in Shawnee Mission, KS. She has worked with families in the Birth Center for over 14 years as the Program Coordinator of the Perinatal Bereavement and Palliative Care Program. In 2013 she also became the Program Coordinator of the Postpartum Emotional Support Program. In these roles she supports and advocates for families who have experienced a pregnancy or infant loss as well as assists parents who are struggling with perinatal mood disorders and the daily emotions and anxieties of being a parent. She facilitates weekly groups at the hospital for Pregnancy and Infant Loss, Pregnancy After A Loss and Postpartum Emotional Support.
In March of 2007, Tricia’s fourth child, Andrew, was stillborn at 38 weeks. In 2009, after experiencing her pregnancy after a loss, she went to work at the hospital where she last held Andrew. Tricia felt called to be a part of the amazing staff that cared for her and her family on that darkest of day in 2007. Once part of the Birth Center team, Tricia was asked to build a bereavement program. The bereavement program at AHSM is the only one like it in the area and supports many of the loss families in the Kansas City area. Tricia is a SLF peer companion as well as a member of RTS, PLIDA, PSI and AWHONN. She is also involved with many local organizations focused on perinatal loss and maternal mental health. In 2021, Tricia joined local loss parents in launching the Greater Kansas City Chapter of Star Legacy Foundation. In 2022, she assisted AWHONN in creating a Perinatal Bereavement training and resource hub for their members. She has received her certification as a Coordinator of Perinatal Bereavement and Palliative Care from RTS and her certification training in Perinatal Mood Disorders and Treatments from Postpartum Support International.
Tricia is married to Randy and a proud mother to a big, blended family. She has 6 biological children, Nate 22, Allison 21, Grace 19, (Andrew,15), Drew 14 and Sam 10, and 3 bonus children, Lindsay 25, Garrett and Chloe 22. She enjoys spending time with her busy family and traveling any chance she gets.