Bereavement & Loss in Midwifery Practice
This bespoke programme affords the opportunity to explore the complex physical emotional and psychological aspects of providing high quality care to families in extraordinary circumstances. Though a multidisciplinary approach to perinatal bereavement is vital, the staff providing midwifery care will often carry the majority of care for the bereaved family. Therefore it is critical that staff are prepared for the complexities of such care while also receiving support to bear the emotional and psychological cost of ‘being with women’, as is the heart of midwifery care
The programme inspects the latest Embrace Report 2019/20, Bereaved Parents Experience of Stillbirth in UK Hospitals report, 2013, Sands: Pregnancy loss and the death of a baby, report 2016, which provides a back drop to the needs of families and companions experiencing the loss also.
The theories and reactions to bereavement are examined, looking closely at communication skills and case histories provided by our regional specialist bereavement midwives. Making memories for families is highlighted within the programme in a ‘how to’ approach to give practical pointers for staff. And finally relating the significance of self-care resilience and professional support to enable staff to continue to afford exceptional holistic care for women and their families.