Highlights from the Postpartum Support International Conference

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Parent panel at Postpartum Support International Conference (L to R) Erica Schindewolf, MS, CGC, Elizabeth Olsen, MS, CCLS, Laura E. Palmer, MDiv, Jessica Hertzog, MSW, LSW, Julie S. Moldenhauer, MD, and David A. Munson, MD, discuss the Perinatal Palliative Care and Bereavement Program. In July, more than 500 professionals from across the United States and a variety of countries gathered at the University of Pennsylvania for the 30th Annual Postpartum Support International (PSI) Conference. The four-day meeting brought together medical and mental health providers, childbirth professionals, support and resource providers, caregivers, policy-makers, researchers, volunteers, families and educators who want to improve their understanding of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, while improving their ability to serve pregnant, postpartum and post pregnancy-loss families.

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) hosted a booth where staff was on-hand to discuss the psychosocial services offered in Center for Fetal Diagnosis & Treatment (CFDT) and the Newborn/Infant Intensive Care Unit (N/IICU), as well as share information about CHOP’s Breastfeeding and Lactation Program.

Ultrasound being performed during a tour of the Center for Fetal Diagnosis & Treatment Suzanne Debari, BS, RDMS, RVT, RT(R), demonstrates an ultrasound during a tour of the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment. CHOP team members presented on topics ranging from bereavement outreach and collaborative services for Orthodox families to the Mama Care model, screening of parents from before birth through the neonatal follow-up period, and creating a seamless experience when transitioning care between different services and providers. Additionally, two patient families joined team members to participate in a parent/provider panel for the Perinatal Palliative Care and Bereavement Program.

Joanna C.M. Cole, PhD, clinical psychologist and manager of psychosocial services within the CFDT, closed the conference with a keynote address on a qualitative study regarding the understanding of fathers’ perinatal loss experience.

Conference attendees also had a unique opportunity to tour various CHOP facilities, including the outpatient and inpatient areas of the CFDT and the Garbose Family Special Delivery Unit, as well as the N/IICU spaces. Participants also had a Q&A session with Julie S. Moldenhauer, MD, medical director of the Garbose Family Special Delivery Unit and an attending high-risk obstetrician. 

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