Joann O’Leary, PhD, MPH, MS, has a background in nursing, pre-school special education, and 18 years in clinical practice as a Parent-Infant Specialist in a High-Risk perinatal center, where she worked individually with families and facilitated pregnancy after loss support groups for over 35 years. She is endorsed as a Level IV Infant Mental Health Specialist and has published a book, two book chapters, and two video productions on the Pregnancy that follows loss. She was a 2016 Fulbright Specialist at University College Cork, Ireland, is a consultant to Star Legacy Foundation, and a member of the International Stillbirth Alliance and Pregnancy Loss and Infant Death Alliance. Lynnda Parker, BS, BSN, has worked 25 years in high risk perinatal nursing center as a labor and birthing staff nurse and clinical nurse specialist. She co-founded the Pregnancy After Loss Support Groups with Dr O’Leary where they co-facilitated the groups. She also taught childbirth preparation classes specially designed for Pregnancy After Loss. She developed a pregnancy class “Bodyworks” for woman experiencing a complicated pregnancy. She currently is an adjunct instructor in nursing at Northwestern University, St. Paul, MN.Margaret Murphy, DN, MSc, is a Registered Midwife and Registered General Nurse with over 20 years clinical midwifery experience. Her research area is pregnancy after loss. She is a faculty member at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork, Ireland since 2007 and delivers bereavement education courses to undergraduate and postgraduate students. She is a member of the Pregnancy Loss Research Group, INFANT Research Centre, Cork. She is the Treasurer and Executive Board Member of International Stillbirth Alliance. Jane Warland, PhD, RM, is a registered midwife and Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of South Australia. Since suffering the unexplained full term stillbirth of her daughter Emma in 1993, she has been a passionate researcher into preventative and modifiable risk factors for stillbirth as well as a strong advocate for promoting public and maternity care provider awareness of stillbirth. Jane practiced as a nurse-midwife for 30 years before commencing work as an academic in 2008 and has more than 100 publications, including a book titled “Pregnancy after Loss” which she wrote and published with her husband Mike.
This book should be considered to be essential reading for anyone who is pregnant after a loss. It looks at this unique experience of managing the (normal) anxiety that goes into a subsequent pregnancy after loss using the voices of parents who have experienced such losses. Additionally, this book looks beyond pregnancy and at delivery, postpartum and parenting from both parent's perspectives. The author's expertise in working with families that find themselves in the unenviable position of losing a baby weave in individual stories, useful advice and best practices with sensitivity and an ease in reading it. It's a book that [...] can easily be picked up and chapters read as they are relevant.
Authors O'Leary, Murphy, Warland, and Parker are internationally known and respected for their lifetime devotion to pregnancy after loss issues. In this long awaited new release, they have brilliantly interlaced research on this crucial topic with poignant bereaved parents' sentiments on their rainbow baby journey! This book will be a sought out read for those beginning their quest for a subsequent baby after loss and the professionals who care for them. Always remember bereaved parents are the best teachers!
This gem of a book is a supportive and empathic book for parents who are grieving the loss of a baby during pregnancy or after birth. Once they find themselves pregnant again, their grief often reappears in unexpectedly difficult ways. They will benefit from a knowledgeable, compassionate guide who is both realistic and reassuring as they deal with the unique challenges that they face.
The authors have the rare combination of academic expertise and experience in supporting parents through the troubling and uncertain journey of pregnancy and infant care after the tragedy of their previous child’s death.
Throughout the book, various manifestations of parents’ grief are explained, followed by illustrative examples in the words of parents who describe their experiences in their own poignant words. This format helps readers feel they are not alone, and to make healthcare decisions that will be right for them.
I recommend this book for parents going through pregnancy after a loss, but also their loved ones and the health care professionals who care for them.