On the eve of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month, it is appropriate to reflect on how public policy, current healthcare protocols, and our own lack of understanding can compound the trauma of the loss of a child and contribute to prolonged grief reactions. In addition to gaining a better understanding of the unique obstacles facing bereaved parents and their families, we will discuss evidence-based reproductive grief care best practices that can be employed individually and corporately to bring comfort and hope to these grieving individuals.
Michaelene Fredenburg is Founder and CEO of Life Perspectives. Life Perspectives is the global leader in setting the standard for grief care, education and resources for those impacted by miscarriage, abortion and other reproductive losses. Life Perspectives provides training, research and expertise to health professionals including hospitals, medical professionals, therapists, social workers and pregnancy centers, as well as community and faith leaders. Life Perspectives is approved by the National Association of Social Workers, the California Board of Registered Nurses and the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to provide continuing education. Life Perspectives is at the forefront of creating impartial and impactful research to understand the way individuals process reproductive losses, and to establish global standards for offering compassionate care. Life Perspectives also offers a safe place, without religious or political affiliation, for those impacted by miscarriage and abortion.