Presentation Information

Vicki Culling

When a Baby Dies: Providing Care and Support

  • Speaker: Vicki Culling , BA (Education); Master of Arts (Applied) in Social Work; PhD Women’s Studies.
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  • Duration: 60 Mins
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Abstract:

In this presentation, we will explore grief and baby loss from a first-world, Western perspective. We will reflect on how our attitudes to grief have formed and look at the differences between traditional and contemporary approaches to grief and the tension that lies between them. We will also discuss some of the different ways that baby loss is discussed societally – looking particularly at platitudes, euphemisms and the tendency to minimize a baby’s death. We’ll finish with an exploration of our own approach to supporting bereaved families - our philosophy of care. At the end of this presentation, participants will have an array of concepts to help reflect on the care they give to parents and families who have experienced the tragedy of neonatal death.