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Developing a Perinatal Memory-Making Program at a Children's Hospital

Miller, Lynne H. MSN, RN, CNE; Lindley, Lisa C. PhD, RN; Mixer, Sandra J. PhD, RN; Fornehed, Mary Lou MSN, RN, ACRN-BC; Niederhauser, Victoria P. PhD, RN

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing:
doi: 10.1097/NMC.0000000000000016
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Abstract

Abstract: Most pregnancies are a time of joy and anticipation, but unfortunately there are families who instead suffer one of life's most difficult events: a perinatal loss. Although grief processes have some common aspects, grief over a child can be especially intense, and those grieving such a loss have unique needs. One of the things that nurses can do to assist families in these situations is to assist them by creating memories of their child to help ease perinatal grief. This article describes the Precious Prints Project, a perinatal memory-making program designed to comfort families grieving the loss of a child. We discuss the development and implementation of this project, explore the literature, and show the strategies used to address the challenges encountered.

In Brief

Aside from the bereavement care generally offered by nurses for families experiencing a perinatal loss, what else can be done? These nurses decided on a permanent remembrance.

Author Information

Lynne H. Miller is a Clinical Instructor at College of Nursing, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Knoxville, TN.

Lisa C. Lindley is an Assistant Professor at College of Nursing, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Knoxville, TN. She can be reached via e-mail at llindley@utk.edu

Sandra J. Mixer is an Assistant Professor at College of Nursing, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Knoxville, TN.

Mary Lou Fornehed is a Doctoral Student at College of Nursing, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Knoxville, TN.

Victoria P. Niederhauser is a Professor & Dean at College of Nursing, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Knoxville, TN.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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