Nursing - Perinatal Bereavement & Loss - Module

The aim of this module is to facilitate midwives and other health care professionals to work more effectively with bereaved parents and their families experiencing pregnancy loss or perinatal death. The quality of perinatal bereavement care delivered during the parents grieving journey can have long-lasting consequences. It may have a significant impact in shaping their healing process and may directly influence how they cope following their baby's death.

The module is designed to facilitate all health care professionals to work more effectively with bereaved parents and their families (National Standards for Bereavement Care Following Pregnancy Loss and Perinatal Death 2016) and to explore the evolving healthcare environment in providing a caring, compassionate, person centred approach in leading and managing practice development. CPE Modules on Website

Award: University Certificate of Study

Subjects taught

Perinatal Bereavement and Loss NS6122

The module provides midwives and health care professionals with a comprehensive understanding of perinatal bereavement and care. Scope of perinatal grief and various theories of grief. Critical exploration of effective compassionate care following pregnancy loss and perinatal death and loss associated with infertility. Appraisal of compassionate and evidence based perinatal bereavement care for parents.

Professional skills development to work more effectively with bereaved families. Insight into the parents grieving journey and consequences, both positive and negative. Factors that significantly impact on shaping their healing process. Support for families considering subsequent pregnancy after a perinatal loss. Perinatal death and its effects on health care professionals and the importance of adequate support. Exploration of evidence based perinatal palliative care.

Entry requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet criteria identified in the English Language qualifications set by the University of Limerick.

A recognised health-related professional qualification and current professional registration with their relevant regulatory professional body e.g., CORU, NMBI, PHECC.

Successful completion of this module does not automatically qualify you for entry into a further award. All programme applicants must meet the entry requirements listed if applying for a further award.

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One Semester (12 Weeks) part-time.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: January 2024

Post Course Info

This micro-credential represents a single module within a larger further award (eg. Certificate, Diploma, Masters). By taking this micro-credential you may be eligible to apply for a credit exemption should you progress to study for a further award. The programmes associated with this MicroCred are:

Nursing - MSc
Perinatal Mental Health - MSc

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