Perinatal Loss in the African American Community


What:   Training on Perinatal Loss in the African American Community

When:  March 14, 2016 from 9-4pm

Where:  UROC, 2001 Plymouth Ave North, Minneapolis, MN 55411

Who:     This training is for doulas, nurses, case managers, social workers, day care providers, early childhood professionals, and other medical professionals who may support moms and families through infant loss.

Registration:      $75 / $100 with CEUs for nursing or social work – www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2495047

Sponsors:            Kemet Circle and Minneapolis Healthy Start 

Objectives:         At the end of this conference the participant will:         

  1. Explore the historical perspective of grief and loss in the African Am community
  2. Examine the research on fetal development and apply this to a model of providing maternal/paternal/fetal relationship intervention regardless of the outcome.
  3. Identify four developmental tasks of a pregnancy that change when there is an unexpected outcome and how to support parents during pregnancy.
  4. Identify two interventions for parents and older siblings when perinatal loss become part of ones family story.

Speakers:            Nicole Alston is the Founder and Executive Director of the Skye Foundation, a nonprofit foundation established in memory of her daughter, Skye, dedicated to helping the medical community understand the needs of bereaved parents after pregnancy loss. She received her Master’s in Social Work from Columbia University. Nicole was the Recruitment Coordinator for Complicated Grief Research Study at Columbia University and has published on the topic of perinatal loss as it relates to persons of color. Today, Nicole continues her life’s work as a consultant to hospitals and academia, with a particular focus on providing bereavement support to underserved populations and communities of color.  

Joann Leary worked in Early Childhood special education for eight years before her 18 years as a Parent-Infant Specialist in a high risk perinatal center.  She has taught at the University level, is a Level IV Infant Mental Health specialist, and facilitates infant loss and pregnancy after loss groups for HealthEast. She has published over 42 articles on how perinatal loss impacts parents and children. Her book “Working with Families Pregnant and Parenting after the Loss of a Baby” will be released by Taylor & Francis this spring.  

Questions:          Contact Dr. LaVonne Moore at kemetcircle@hotmail.com

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