Bereavement Training in Pregnancy Loss and Newborn

Pittsburgh PA, PA US
October 6, 2023

This educational activity aims to enhance the learner's understanding of the role of the support of a grieving UPMC Health Plan member.

Target Audience

ISD Clinical Staff

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the role of interdisciplinary teams with grieving families
  2. Summarize appropriate interventions when coordinating care for a member who has experienced a pregnancy loss, stillbirth, or newborn death
  3. Apply protocols and guidelines to provide consistent care and follow up after discharge
  4. Recall available community supports to aid in long term support of grieving members and families.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.50 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • 1.50 ASWB
  • 1.50 Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
10/06/2023 - 11:30am EDT
Event ends: 
10/06/2023 - 1:00pm EDT

Program begins at 11:30 am and ends at 1:00 pm.  Total Education Time = 1.5 Hour(s)




11:30 to 11:50am

Provide overview of a theoretical framework for understanding attachment, grief and loss

Laura Kelsch, MS-ed, RN, CBE

11:50 to 12:10pm

Relate grief theory to caring for bereaved parents, how children are affected by perinatal death,  and discuss the role of interdisciplinary teams with grieving families

Laura Kelsch, MS-ed, RN, CBE

12:10pm to 12:30pm

Review of protocols and guidelines relative to follow up after discharge

Laura Kelsch, MS-ed, RN, CBE

12:30pm to 1:00pm

Review of community resources available to assist members and families in need of long-term support

Laura Kelsch, MS-ed, RN, CBE

UPMC Health Plan
600 Grant Street
US Steel Building
Pittsburgh PA, PA 15219
United States

Laura Kelsch, MS-ed, RN, CBE

Laura Kelsch is a registered nurse who currently works as one of the care managers with UPMC Health Plan’s Baby Steps Program. She completed her education at UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing,   the University of Pittsburgh, and  Duquesne University and where she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education as well as her degree in nursing. She has experience in all areas of obstetrical nursing but most recently, before coming to the Health Plan, she provided direct patient care at  UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital, UPMC Mercy and St Clair Hospital  in labor and delivery, antepartum and postpartum nursing. She enjoys working as a maternity nurse health coach and loves  providing education and helping those who are pregnant or who wish to become pregnant.

In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Nursing (CNE)
The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is 1.5 contact hour(s).

This activity is eligible for endorsed credit for UPMC Health Plan EMTs and Paramedics.  Complete ETHOS course work, obtain the attendance certificate, and submit to EMS governing body for 1.5 CE credit(s).

As a Jointly Accredited Organization, University of Pittsburgh is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. University of Pittsburgh maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 1.5 continuing education credit(s).

Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.

***This activity does not offer CCM CE.

NOTE:  Paramedic/EMT CE is approved for any activity in which ANCC (nursing CE) is approved.  This is per Heather Bogdon and Christie Hempfling


Available Credit

  • 1.50 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • 1.50 ASWB
  • 1.50 Attendance
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