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Perinatal Bereavement Parent Support Program



Baptist Health Lexington's Perinatal Bereavement Parent Support Group is for families who have experienced the loss of a baby through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth or newborn death.

The group is open to anyone who has experienced a loss regardless of how long ago the loss occurred or if the individual was a patient at Baptist Health Lexington. Parents may choose to talk or just listen. No one is asked to share if he or she does not feel comfortable doing so. A speaker is scheduled for each meeting to offer a brief presentation on a topic of interest to the parents. A perinatal bereavement support person facilitates each meeting.

The Perinatal Bereavement Parent Support Group meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at Hospice of the Bluegrass (Maurice Kaufmann Hospice Center), 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington. Meetings are held in the Bluegrass Center for Grief Education and Counseling Building, Keeneland Room (in the basement). The parking lot may be entered from Greatstone Point or Gulfstream Drive off Alexandria Drive. Enter through the doors facing the parking lot.

Each year, the group offers two memorial services that are open to the public. In October, we have a Walk to Remember and in December, a Candlelight Memorial Service.

For more information about the Perinatal Bereavement Program , please call (859) 260-6904 or e-mail dmueller@bhsi.com for more information. Upcoming meeting dates are:

2014 DATES PRESENTATION
January 7 Life After a Perinatal Loss From the Parents’ Perspective
Speakers: Parents Who Have Experienced a Perinatal Loss
February 4 The Parents’ Relationship after a Perinatal Loss
Speaker: Debbie Mueller, RN, BSN, Perinatal Bereavement Coordinator
March 4 Body Image and Self-Esteem After a Perinatal Loss
Speaker: Debbie Mueller, RN, BSN, Perinatal Bereavement Coordinator
April 1 Pregnancy and Infant Loss: Reasons and Recurrence
Speaker: Justine Cooper, MS, CGC, and Sara Campbell, MS, CGC, Genetic Counselors            
May 6 Grief vs. Depression
Speaker: Julie Evans, LCSW, Private Practice

June 3
Fathers and Grief
Speaker: Fathers Who Have Experienced a Perinatal Loss
July 1 Spiritual Issues and Perinatal Loss
Speaker: Beth Mosier, M.Div., BCC, BHL Chaplain
August 5 Reactions of Family and Friends after a Perinatal Loss
Speaker: Laura Senn, MSN, RNC-OB,  Perinatal Bereavement Coordinator
September 2 Subsequent Pregnancy
Speaker: Debbie Mueller, RN, BSN, Perinatal Bereavement Coordinator
October 7 How Do We Remember?
Speaker: Debbie Mueller, RN, BSN, Perinatal Bereavement Coordinator
October 12 WALK TO REMEMBER -- Lexington Cemetery, 2 p.m. rain or shine. Call (859) 260-6904 to RSVP.
November 4 Coping with the Holidays
Speaker: Laura Senn, MSN, RNC-OB, Perinatal Bereavement Coordinator
December 2 CANDLELIGHT MEMORIAL SERVICE - Beaumont Presbyterian Church. Call (859) 260-6904 to RSVP by Nov. 25.