The Journey of the Unborn Baby in Pregnancy Following a Loss

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Pregnancy that follows the loss of a baby is a complex journey that carries grief for a deceased baby alongside the struggle to attach to a new unborn sibling. Fear of another loss can cause parents to think “pregnancy” but not necessarily an unborn baby growing within. When pregnancy care focuses on the medical care and technology it can overtake and minimize the mothers’ perspective and knowledge of her unborn baby. This presentation will address ways to advocate for health care needs of both the mother and unborn baby that supports the prenatal reciprocal relationship forming during pregnancy. Ways to help parents cope, manage fear and anxiety, navigating their resurgence of grief will be discussed as well as the need for more research in this area.

Joann O'Leary photoDr. Joann O’Leary has a PhD, MPH from the University of Minnesota, and MS in Psychology from Queens University Belfast, Northern Ireland. She is endorsed as a Level IV research mentor in Infant Mental Health. Her background includes preschool special education and 18 years as a Parent-Infant Specialist in a High-Risk perinatal center and currently facilitates support groups for Star Legacy Foundation.  She was a 2016 Fulbright Specialist at University College Cork, Ireland. Her research focus is how perinatal loss and the pregnancy that follows impact parents, children, and extended family members.

Ms. Lynnda Parker is a registered nurse and holds degrees in education, nursing as well as graduate studies in nurse midwifery and is adjunct faculty in a school of nursing. She was a clinical nurse specialist in a high-risk perinatal center when she and Joann founded the Pregnancy after Loss Support Group, has taught child birth education specific for these families and developed a “Bodyworks” pregnancy class for women experiencing a complicated pregnancy. 

Dr. O’Leary and Ms. Parker have disclosed that they do not have any real or perceived conflicts of interest in making this presentation.

This presentation was part of the Stillbirth Summit 2021.   This individual lecture will be awarded .5 hours of continuing education credit to include viewing the lecture and completing evaluation and post-test.  Once received a certificate will be emailed to the address you provide in the post-test.  If you did not register for the Summit WITH Continuing Education, you can purchase the continuing education by clicking here.  This purchase will provide you access to all Stillbirth Summit 2021 lectures including continuing education credit. There is no charge for viewing the presentation.

To receive continuing education credit for this lecture, the participant must complete the evaluation and post-test.

Please feel free to ask questions of the presenter.  We will obtain their answers/comments and provide them here as received.  

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