We provide a variety of programs and services designed to raise awareness among medical and other professionals of the impact of pregnancy and infant loss on families:
Outreach and Educational Programs
Working with women and men who grieve the loss of a pregnancy or infant can be a challenge for any professional. What do grieving parents want and expect from their caregivers? How can professionals best support their grieving patients/clients?
We are always interested in sharing patients’ perspectives of pregnancy and infant loss. By fostering discussion between bereaved patients/clients and professionals, we help professionals gain insight into the experiences of those who have lost a baby. Our programming is flexible: we can easily move from a lecture for one-hundred students to an in-depth workshop with a few established professionals. If you are interested in learning more about our programming, please contact us.
RTS Bereavement Training
We are equipped to provide hospital personnel with Resolve Through Sharing (RTS) Bereavement Training in early pregnancy loss, stillbirth, and newborn death. During this comprehensive, two-day training, we share insight, knowledge, and hands-on classroom experience so that staff members may develop the skills needed to support families whose babies have died. Please contact us for more information.
Compassionate Care Award
Each year, we present our Compassionate Care Award to a health care provider in the state of Connecticut. The purpose of this award is to recognize and promote excellence in the care of families that have lost a pregnancy or infant. Our 2013 winners are Christine Fontana, APRN, of Yale-New Haven Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and Ellen Tilton, RNC-MFM, of Yale Maternal-Fetal Medicine.
The Hygeia Foundation Bereavement Fund assists low-income parents in Connecticut who cannot afford a burial or cremation following the loss of a pregnancy or infant. Families are referred to us by social workers at local Connecticut hospitals. Please contact us to learn how we can help your patients/clients.
Please visit Hygeia.org, the website of our founder and president, Michael R. Berman, M.D. There, you will find information of particular interest to medical professionals.