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Beautiful Birth: Perinatal Palliative Care
Presenter: Melissa Petersen, RNC, MS, WHNP-BC

The purpose/goal(s) of this activity is to enable healthcare providers to have an increased understanding of the importance of perinatal palliative care.

  • State reasons for quality perinatal palliative care
  • List the common diagnoses that lead to palliative care decisions
  • Describe the process of decision making in perinatal palliative care
  • List ways to help families make memories with their babies
  • Discuss the various methods of symptom management in the dying neonate
  • List ways to provide care to the family as a whole
  • Describe 2 ways to alleviate the compassion fatigue that may be felt when caring for dying neonates

Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 Time: 12:00-1:00 PM ET
1.0 Contact Hour(s)
1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™   Mandatory for Physicians
Successful completion of education activities includes attendance at the entire activity and achieving a passing score of 80% or higher on the post-test in order to receive 1.0 Contact Hour(s) or 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. No partial credit is awarded.

Melissa Petersen, RNC, MS, WHNP-BC

Melissa is a perinatal bereavement clinician in the H.E.A.R.T.strings Perinatal Bereavement Office of Northside Hospital in Atlanta, GA. A nurse for 23 years, she received her Master's in Nursing in 2001 from Georgia State University and holds certification from NCC as a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner. In addition to being credentialed as an RTS Bereavement Counselor and Coordinator, Melissa is one of only six nurses in Georgia to hold certification in pediatric palliative care from the Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center. In 2014, she was named March of Dimes Nurse of Year in Hospice and Palliative Care. Melissa's passion is increasing awareness about perinatal loss through education in the community. She has helped to develop the H.E.A.R.T.strings Perinatal Palliative Care Program at Northside Hospital and has recently become very active in establishing a very active Rainbow P.A.L.S. (Pregnancy After Loss Support) program.

This activity has been submitted the Northeast Multistate Division for approval to award contact hours. Northeast Multistate Division (NEMSD) is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Accreditation: Women & Infants Hospital is accredited by the Rhode Island Medical Society to sponsor intrastate continuing education for physicians. Women & Infants Hospital designates this online educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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