Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support, Education & Remembrance

Empty Cradle Shares Patient Perspectives with UCI Health Doctors and Nurses

February 6, 2020 |  General

On January 31, 2020, Catherine McNulty, an Empty Cradle Board Member, Meeting Facilitator and Outreach Coordinator shared her personal journey of grief to 130 doctors, nurses, social workers and chaplain at the UCI Health 8th Annual Women and Children Palliative Care Conference.

Catherine has been a meeting facilitator for more than 3 years and has listened to hundreds of loss parents who have had both positive and negative experiences when interacting with the medical community.  She was able to share the insights she gained from this experience and was able to provide the attendees with both positive and negative suggestions. 

The conference was held at Embassy Suites by Hilton, Anaheim South.  The focus was perinatal, neonatal and pediatric grief, loss and end of life care.

The Conference Had Several Objectives:

  1. Enhance the knowledge and skills of individuals working in Neonatal, Perinatal who are in the field requiring palliative care
  2. Expand the delivery of palliative care in University of California by providing interventions which will be useful during perinatal loss and care of this population.
  3. Provide a networking opportunity of people interested in the field of Neonatal and perinatal palliative care.
  4. Facilitate an educational opportunity for healthcare workers, utilizing art and a therapeutic tool called “self- connect.” Introduce the use of kits (play therapy doll kit) to help patients and families cope.

Rachel Redhouse, Empty Cradle President, spent the day speaking one-on-one to many of the doctors and nurses to ensure that they understood the depth of the services Empty Cradle offers the community free of charge.  A huge thank you to Brooke McGovern for volunteering her time and sharing her own personal losses of two children, Grace and Hope.  She honored them by freely sharing the pain of her experience to educate others. 

Although perinatal and neonatal loss can be a heavy topic to discuss, the room was filled with love and concern for the families who have and who will experience loss.  The meeting ended with appreciation for the education and hope for the future.

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