Perinatal loss and support strategies for diverse cultures: Discussion paper

Sarah J.M. Shaefer

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Abstract

Perinatal loss, grief response and cultural variations are considerations for nurses providing care for the family experiencing a pregnancy loss or infant death. While the pain of the loss may be universal, the expressions of grief and traditions after a death vary among cultures. Key components of initial care include communication in the family's language, accurate information about the cause of death and enquiring about traditions following the death. Intervention approaches include support at the time of death and future family needs. Finally, care for the provider is an essential component of the care system in addition to self-assessment of cultural background. Providing care to bereaved families can be professionally rewarding because families appreciate the support of providers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14-17
Number of pages4
JournalNeonatal, Paediatric and Child Health Nursing
Volume13
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2010

Keywords

  • Bereavement support
  • Culturally competent care
  • Infant death
  • Pregnancy loss

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics

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