Academics and professionals learning lessons from loss

Published: 11 August 2009 at 13:08

Anglia Ruskin University’s Institute of Health and Social Care (IHSC) is to stage a conference on the Death of a Baby on 14 September at the Michael A Ashcroft Building Auditorium.

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The conference, for midwives, GPs, neo-natal nurses, paediatricians, health visitors and students, will focus on the death of a baby during pregnancy, at birth or shortly afterwards.

Sharon McDonald, Programme Leader for Child, Youth and Family Studies at the IHSC at Anglia Ruskin University, explains the need for the conference:

“When a baby dies suddenly and unexpectedly it is one of the most distressing events that can happen to a family. It is also difficult for the professionals involved.”

“This conference has been planned to act as a forum to discuss the sensitive issues surrounding such a tragic event.”

The aim of the day is to provide information, advice and to bring together the various elements of good practice that exist within the healthcare sector specialising in midwifery and neonatal care.

Speakers involved in the event will include parents who have suffered loss Nicola McCormack and Louise Loon; Andrea Brewis, Antenatal Ward Manager at the Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust; Caroline Gannon, a Consultant Paediatric Specialist; and Joy Kirby, Midwifery Officer, Eastern Region, Essex Strategic Health Authority.

Included within the programme will be presentations covering understanding loss, death and grief and how to provide for the spiritual, religious and pastoral care of parents at the time of the death of a baby.

To register for the study day for health professionals, please contact Oliver Bentley at the IHSC on 0845 196 4084 or email o.bentley@anglia.ac.ukThe registration fee for the conference is £85.