For many bereaved parents, the care provided by health professionals at birth – from midwives to antenatal teachers – has a crucial effect on their response to a loss or death. This interactive workbook is clearly applied to practice and has been designed to help practitioners deliver effective bereavement care.
Providing care to grieving parents can be demanding, difficult and stressful, with many feeling ill equipped to provide appropriate help. Equipping the reader with fundamental skills to support childbearing women, partners and families who have experienced childbirth-related bereavement, this book outlines:
Written by two highly educated, experienced midwifery lecturers, this practical and evidence-based workbook is a valuable resource for all midwives, neonatal nurses and support workers who work with women in the perinatal period.
This book is suitable as a text for BSc and MSc courses in Midwifery; BScs courses in Paediatric Nursing; and for neonatal and bereavement counselling courses.
"This very welcome and much needed teaching aid is ideal for midwifery students embarking on their own work relating to loss and grief. While suitably serious and firmly grounded, it is presented in a style likely to draw students in to thinking perceptively about bereavement (…) I will certainly be recommending this inexpensive book to students, encouraging them to complete the imaginative and thought-provoking exercises." – Rosemary Mander, The Practising Midwife, Vol 17, No 3, March 2014
Introduction Chapter 1. Areas of Maternity Care that Incur Bereavement Chapter 2. Breaking Bad News Chapter 3. Procedures Categorised on a Bereavement Protocol Chapter 4. Models of Grieving Chapter 5. Difficulties with Adjusting to the Loss Chapter 6. Ongoing Support Chapter 7. Staff Support Chapter 8. Assessment and Care of a Bereaved Woman and the Family’s Spiritual and Religious Needs Conclusion