HEALTHY START COALITION OF MIAMI-DADE HOSTS FREE SEMINARS TRAINING HEALTH PROFESSIONALS ON PERINATAL BEREAVEMENT
Continuing their commitment to improving neonatal health care, the Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade (HSCMD) will host four days of Perinatal Loss Professional Development Seminars. Sessions will provide physicians, nurses, social workers, counselors and hospital chaplains working in the field of maternal and infant health with tools to help families bereaving the death of a baby. The free classes will take place May 16-19, 2012, at Homewood Suites: 5500 Blue Lagoon Drive (N.W. 11 Street), second floor, Miami, FL 33126. In addition to earning Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits, required for medical professionals by Florida health care oversight boards, attendees will gain skills in talking to parents, starting support groups and meeting the needs of caregivers working with grieving families.
The seminars will be conducted by staff from Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support, Inc. (Share). Share is a national organization serving those whose lives are touched by the death of a baby through pregnancy loss, stillbirth or in the first few months of life.
The Compassionate Caregiving seminar will be Wednesday, May 16, 9 a.m. – noon, and focus on developing health care staff skills. The three-day Sharing and Caring: A Perinatal Loss Seminar will focus on effectively starting family support groups, and be held Wednesday, May 16, 1 – 4:30 p.m., and Thursday and Friday, May 17 and 18, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on both days. The final seminar, Perinatal Loss: Strategies for Health Care Professionals, will be Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m. – noon, and explore grief models to help physicians care for families experiencing a loss.