Practicing Hope

Heartstrings held Practicing Hope:  Best Practices in Caring for Parents Experiencing Fetal and Infant Loss on Friday, May 1 for medical professionals - including all staff within Obstetric and Gynecological practices, as well as inpatient staff in the hospital maternity setting.

The event, which was held at Forsyth Medical Center - Conference Center, addressed best practices in caring for grieving parents, including a supportive plan of care for patient and caregiver, as well as parent panel discussions and collaboration with community experts.

Speakers went in depth into the extensive practices and programs of Heartstrings so that practitioners might assist their patients in seeking out support.  Director of Support Services Cheri Timmons described Practicing Hope: “This is an opportunity to make sure that you understand what we do offer so that you can set up appropriate expectations for your patient, that you can know what to give them, and to be able to feel comfortable talking to them about Heartstrings.”

One of the mothers from the parent panel asked practitioners to “take a moment to step into [parents’] grief.”  “I think making that connection, really following up on that connection, is so important.  It goes a long way with us.  Most mothers, when they are going through their pregnancy, they may not even start to celebrate until they are born.  We shared our baby’s entire life with [our doctor].”

Heartstrings recognizes the importance of providing essential training for caregivers who are the first line of support to bereaved parents. Cheri Timmons explained, “We are continuing to identify needs in our community and fulfill those needs.”  To learn about future Heartstrings events for medical professionals, contact Cheri at 336-335-9931.