Companioning at a Time of Perinatal Loss: A Guide for by RN, Jane Heustis, Marcia Meyer Jenkins, Alan D. Wolfelt

By RN, Jane Heustis, Marcia Meyer Jenkins, Alan D. Wolfelt

Meant for nurses, medical professionals, midwives, social staff, chaplains, and sanatorium help employees, this advisor supplies worrying and useful recommendation for assisting households grieve effectively after wasting a toddler at delivery. because the designated wishes of households experiencing perinatal loss are excessive and require greater than simply the bereavement criteria in so much hospitals, this guide bargains advice and recommendations for starting up verbal exchange among caregivers and households, making a compassionate bedside setting, and aiding with mourning rituals. Encouraging continuous grief aid, those particular companioning innovations might help ease the discomfort of this so much delicate scenario.

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Another mom said, "Even if our nurse wasn't available, my husband could always find someone to help. " When staff work together to create an aura of helpfulness, families never feel alone. Family has choices in how the environment will be healing for them. For many hospitals, there are few choices as to where the mother will labor/deliver, but there are policies within the unit that can be adapted. Does she have to go to a recovery room after her C-section? Can she stay in the labor and delivery room for postpartum?

We are the companion and guide. The next step Companioning can be challenging. Some bedside caregivers will still feel lost and search for a quick tip-sheet. Companioning is a matter of changing perspective and attitude. It doesn't just change our practice, it changes us. Once we become familiar with companioning, we begin to see our care in a new light. We rethink our previous notions and reformat our thinking. When we admit a family, how will we change our approach? How will we talk to families as we explain options?

Available to them? Do they know they can go back and forth as needed to the patient's room? · • The hallways: Are hallways free from extra equipment and beds, especially immediately outside of the room? Is staff minimizing noise near the room? For the room: • Room choice: Is it a room that dulls the noise of the unit, perhaps one that is off the main corridor or near a side entrance? Is it away from patients who are actively laboring, if possible? • Room set-up: Is excess equipment and clutter removed?

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