20-02-34 Clinical Topic: Reproductive Grief Care - Giving Permission to Grieve

23rd Annual Premier Women's Healthcare Virtual Conference

0.6 CE (NCC 2 OB Comp)

Individuals who did not register for the Conference can now purchase individual session recordings. Anyone who was registered for the Main Conference (October 16-17, 2020) will have access to all recordings, free of any additional charge, through November 15, 2021.


Kathryn Grauerholz MSN, NP, ACHPN

Perinatal Bereavement Coordinator

Life Perspectives

San Diego, CA  

Intended Audience:

Women’s Health Nurse Practitioners (WHNPs), WHNP students, Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs) and other nurse practitioners and advanced practice clinicians who care for women.

 Activity Number:  20-02-34

 CE Approval Period:  Now through November 15, 2021

 Approved CE Credit Hours:  0.6 CE contact hour credits, zero hours pharmacology credit

 Accreditation Statement:

This activity has been evaluated and approved by the Continuing Education Approval Program of the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health for 0.6 CE contact hours, zero hours of pharmacology content. 

 Program Description:

Nearly two million couples experience reproductive loss every year in the United States. Many of these vulnerable individuals silently mourn without the support necessary to make sense of their loss. Research indicates that reproductive grief reactions in comparison to traditional types of mourning experiences (i.e. death of a parent or sibling) have been associated with more chronic mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic distress, substance abuse, eating disorders, and diminished or distressed attachment with subsequent children (Bennett, Litz, Maguen, & Ehrenreich, 2008; Farren, et al, 2019; & Hughes, Turton, Hopper, & Evans, 2002). Patients and their families often report a lack of emotional validation and minimization of their grief by the healthcare providers they encountered during or shortly after the loss (Watson, Simmonds, La Fontaine & Fockler, 2019). 

Educational Objectives:

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be able to:

  • Describe the prevalence of reproductive loss
  • Analyze the emotional meaning and impact of reproductive loss
  • Incorporate a variety of ways to promote emotional healing after a reproductive loss

 Faculty Disclosures:

Kathryn Grauerholz MSN, NP, ACHPN has no reported disclosures

 Successful Completion:

Successful completion of this activity requires the participant to:

  1. Read the educational objectives, disclosures and disclaimers.
  2. Watch the session recording
  3. Complete the session evaluation
  4. Print your CE certificate (the certificate will be stored on the NPWH E-Learning site under My Transcripts).
  5. These steps must be completed prior to the course expiration date
  6. Some courses required a post-test.  If a post test is required participants must earn a score of 70%.   

Therapeutic Disclosures:

Faculty members determine the content of the CE activity.  The content does not necessarily represent the views of NPWH.  Clinicians are responsible for evaluating information presented in relation to generally accepted standards of care and individual patient characteristics.

 Commercial Support: 

This activity has no commercial support

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20-02-34  Clinical Topic: Reproductive Grief Care - Giving Permission to Grieve