22nd International Perinatal Bereavement Conference – UPDATE

Thank you for your patience as we continued to monitor COVID-19 and its impact on our world and the way we function day to day. Over these last months PLIDA has been in contact with the Drake Hotel Chicago to assess their and our ability to host an in person conference. Although things were improving and restrictions were beginning to lift, that changed recently.
With the significant increase in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, reimplementation of restrictions and the vaccine distribution time line, we determined it is not feasible to host an in person conference in May 2021.
That said we have exciting news. The IPBC has been moved forward to October 12-15, 2022 in Denver, Colorado. Denver in the fall is stunning and by 2022 many of the current constraints will be lifted. We anticipate that we can host the type of conference we have all come to expect. One based on quality research, best practice information, relationship and learning together in a beautiful setting.
We are extending an invitation to all of the speakers both plenary and session, that were slated for Chicago, to present in Denver as they were strong and offered vital information that impacts our clinical practice and how we best care for our families. Those of you who were registered will have several options to consider. Over the next several weeks we will reach out to each of you both, speakers and registrants with the options available and the process moving forward.Those of you who are recipients of a scholarship will retain your scholarship opportunity in Denver. As Chicago is an amazing city with much to offer our participants, will return to Chicago and the beautiful Drake Hotel in 2024. The Drake will be back in its glory with the tearoom bustling once again and all the energy of this wonderful city will be back for us to explore and enjoy.

Please be watching your email in early January for more information related to this change. Thank you again for your patience and support of PLIDA.
Gina Leigh Jones, RN, CPLC
PLIDA President



What makes the conference unique? Most notable is that we are committed to the model of evidence-based care that includes research, personal experience, and bereaved family narratives. The purpose of the biennial International Perinatal Bereavement Conference is to engage in educational and networking opportunities for those who support bereaved families.


This conference will appeal to any professional who provides care to Families experiencing a perinatal death or engaging in research within the field including obstetricians, maternal fetal medicine physicians, neonatologists, palliative care physicians, advanced practice nurses, midwives, physician assistants, nurses, social workers, genetic counselors, ultrasonographers, chaplains, funeral directors, childlife specialists, lactation consultants, psychologists, childbirth educators, policy makers, program administrators, researchers, professors, and parent advocates, among many others. In addition, bereaved parents themselves participate in the conference in the role of parent advocates who may work in advocacy, lay support and who may hold a dual role as both patient and researcher or practitioner


– Explore relational aspects of perinatal bereavement care.
– Describe innovative clinical and advocacy implications in caring for families when their baby dies.
– Develop skills for working within an interprofessional team when providing care for bereaved families.
– Describe principles and practice of self-care.
– Discuss transformation as applied to processes of grieving.
– Provide opportunities for relationship building among parent advocates, caregivers and researchers.
– Discuss ways of translating research findings into clinical practice.
– Identify potential causes of disparity in neonatal mortality rates among varying populations

The event is finished.



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