Perinatal Hospice: A Good Outcome for Families
Perinatal Hospice Author, Amy Kuebelbeck, and “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep” Executive Director, Gina Harris, will speak at a free presentation titled, “Perinatal Hospice: A Good Outcome for Families.”
The presentation is Thursday, November 15 from 1:00-4:30 p.m. at the Allen County Public Library, Meeting Room A, 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne.
Cross Connections, Inc., in collaboration with Three Rivers Education Trust Fund, is sponsoring the presentation for health care providers, counselors, clergy and all other interested parties.
Free CEUs* are available for licensed practitioners.
You may also register by calling Cross Connections Counseling & Training at 260-744-3228.
About the Speakers:
Amy Kuebelbeck is a freelance writer and former reporter and editor for The Associated Press and other news organizations. She describes her experience of continuing a pregnancy with a life-limiting prenatal diagnosis in her memoir, Waiting with Gabriel: A Story of Cherishing a Baby's Brief Life(Loyola Press, 2003). The book received attention from a variety of media, and Publishers Weekly called it "exquisite." It also was published in Italy as Aspettando Gabriel (Edizioni San Paolo, Milan, 2005) and in South
Korea (Hainaim Publishing, Seoul, 2006). Waiting with Gabriel is used by many hospitals and clinics as a resource for patients.
Ms. Kuebelbeck edits the website PerinatalHospice.org and also has been invited to speak to medical groups and others across the U.S., Canada, and as far away as New Zealand about perinatal hospice and the issues raised in her book. She has been quoted by media including The New York Times and MSNBC.com in stories about perinatal hospice and related issues, and she was invited to contribute to a book about Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, Tea with Elisabeth.
She also is lead author of A Gift of Time: Continuing Your Pregnancy When YourBaby's Life Is Expected to Be Brief, published January 2011 by Johns Hopkins University Press. She lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Gina Harris is the Executive Director of Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep (NILMDTS) an organization that offers gentle and beautiful photography services in a compassionate and sensitive manner to families overcome by grief and pain at the loss of their newborn child. The NILMDTS mission statement is to introduce remembrance photography to parents suffering the loss of a baby with the gift of professional portraiture. Harris became Executive Director of NILMDTS after losing two newborn sons.
Harris is a graduate of Colorado State University. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from Regis University.
Harris spent most of her career at a youth serving agency called FRIENDS FIRST. She worked there for 12 years. Five years ago, she took over for the founder and became the executive director. In less than five years, she increased the operating budget from $200,000 to $2.3 million and increased the staff from three employees to 26.
Harris said one of her greatest strengths is her leadership and visionary skills to take an organization or project to the next level and beyond.
“I would not leave FRIENDS FIRST for just any other agency,” said Harris. “In all the years of nonprofit work I have done, I have never personally needed a nonprofit’s service until I needed Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep. Now it is my turn to give back to an agency that gave me my most prized possession.”
*The Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board has approved this organization to provide Category I Continuing Education for LSW, LCSW, LMHC, and LMFT. However, licensees must judge the program's relevance to their professional practice.
Objectives: As a result of this training, participants will be able to describe at least three practical steps to take in working with families who have been given a terminal diagnosis for their unborn child. They will also demonstrate knowledge of the benefits of taking a perinatal hospice approach with these families and will be provided with information about how to find local volunteer photographers to assist families with documenting their child's brief life.
When & Where
Cross Connections Counseling & Training
Cross Connections is a Biblical Counseling Agency and Training Center for lay counselors.