International Perinatal Bereavement Conference, St Louis, Missouri Sept-Oct 2018
One of the highlights of this year for me was attending the IPBC in St Louis, Missouri.
I started the trip with a few days in San Francisco catching up with Suzanne Pullen, a colleague and friend. Suzanne has graduated with her PhD in communication and I’m hoping to bring her to NZ in 2020.
I also got to spend some time with Deborah Davis in Denver for five days before the conference. Deborah was my inaugural VCA Speaker Series presenter in 2017. We were able to do some work together and have some fun! We then presented Deborah’s workshop together as a pre-conference workshop which was a great revisiting of her very good material around caring for parents and caring for self.
The conference itself was a great mix of topics and speakers. I really enjoyed reconnecting with colleagues whom I’ve met at previous IPBC conferences in Washington DC (2010), San Antonio (2014) and Phoenix (2016). I always come away from this conference having been introduced to some new ideas and challenging topics, and 2018 was no different.
I’m hoping to write up on of those topics and use them in my work – maternal mortality, perinatal death in surrogacy, communication in the NICU, and self-care.
I also came away with some collaborations for 2019 – an article and a book! So watch this space for more news on those resources!