National Perinatal Information Center
National Perinatal Information Center


Special Delivery: The Importance of Perinatal
Loss Care

Presenter: Melissa Petersen, RNC, MS, WHNP-BC

The purpose/goal(s) of this activity is to enable healthcare providers to have a better understanding of the importance of perinatal loss care.

  • Develop a better understanding of the importance of quality perinatal bereavement care
  • Describe the importance of providing perinatal palliative care support
  • Describe two methods to educate and support staff caring for families with a perinatal loss
  • Explain the role of comprehensive support and follow up in patient outcomes

Date: Thursday, November 16, 2017 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 to the Northeast Multi-State Division for approval to award contact hours. The Northeast Multi-State Division is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont Nurses Associations are members of the Northeast Multi-State Division of the American Nurses Association.

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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