Perinatal social worker Kenna Hamm, LMSW, shares how a palliative care birth plan can help ensure that your wishes for your baby are honored.
Support and Communication
Dr. Shannon Abikhaled explains her role as a doctor: to support the decision of the parents.
Assigning blame is a common and normal response in situations that feel out of your control. Here, we explore strategies for supportive communication during this unimaginable time.
As the experts and care providers, parents look to you for knowledge, medical care, and support. The language you use to communicate the diagnosis shapes how heard, supported, and validated a parent feels.
What you and your significant other are experiencing is not an easy process, so it makes sense that you might experience some breakdowns in communication and, as a result, some conflicts.
There are no rules or set patterns when it comes to how grieving parents will feel about the holiday season. Just like grief, each experience is wholly unique.
This day is about pausing to hold space for the babies whose lives ended too soon. It is about entering in and remembering the parents, their love for their child, and their desire to honor that baby.
The primary purpose of prenatal counseling is to educate and equip parents to make informed decisions in the months ahead.
While there will likely be many decisions that have to be made in the moment during labor, delivery, and postpartum care, a birth plan serves to help you ensure that your parents’ wishes are honored.
Agency is the ability or capacity a person has to act within an environment or a given set of circumstances. Medical professionals, you are a major character in the worst moments a family’s life, and that role comes with tremendous responsibility.
Like grief, pregnancy after loss is a sensitive time. It is a new and transformative experience, and as the network of support walking with parents through this experience, a level of self-awareness is necessary.
No matter if you are the mother or father, or this is your first or third pregnancy after loss, your experience matters.