Suffering from the loss of a child from a miscarriage, stillbirth or early infant death is an unbearably difficult experience for expecting parents to go through. During this tough time, it is crucial for their healthcare providers to be both sensitive and supportive to the couple’s needs. While many care providers want to do anything to help their patients through this difficult time, without the proper training, it can be challenging to know how to handle this situation.

If you are a healthcare professional or care provider that may be faced with perinatal bereavement and palliative care throughout your career, South Jersey Fertility Center invites you to join us March 11 for the 2017 Perinatal Bereavement and Palliative Care Conference in Voorhees, NJ. This informative conference will help you learn the best practices and perspectives on how to support families through a perinatal diagnosis and delivery.


2017 Perinatal Bereavement and Palliative Care Conference Speakers

· Sherokee Ilse

As an inspirational author, perinatal loss pioneer and parent advocate, keynote speaker Sherokee Isle is passionate about teaching healthcare providers how they can go beyond the basics to care for families during and after a loss. Suffering from a miscarriage, full-term stillborn son, and an ectopic pregnancy, Sherokee’s personal experience with this tragic loss gives her keen insight on this sensitive subject. With a countless number of books and speeches under her belt, Sherokee can teach you how to have effective conversations with families in crisis.


· Scott Maurer, MD

Dr. Maurer is the medical director of the palliative care medicine program at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and the Pediatric Palliative Care at the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine. He is a board certified physician in pediatrics, pediatric hematology/oncology, hospice and palliative care medicine.


· Ronald Librizzi, DO

An internationally recognized maternal fetal medicine specialist, Dr. Librizzi serves as Chief of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Virtua. Dr. Librizzi has been a physician champion in the Perinatal Bereavement Program at Virtua, actively involved in the support of the Angel Garden.


· Stacy McCrosson, MD

As an OB/GYN, Dr. McCrosson has been a perinatal advocate amongst her peers, establishing the annual ‘Run with the Docs’ event in support of Virtua’s Perinatal Bereavement and Palliative Care Program.


· Ann Coyle, RNC

As a NICU nurse for over 32 years and a grief facilitator for families who have experienced a loss, Ann offers valuable insight on this sensitive subject. She also has helped create the Angel Garden at Virtua, which is a special place for families to remember their children. Ann received the Johnson and Johnson “Amazing Nurse” award in 2012 for her work with bereaved families.


· Michelle Kelly, MD

Dr. Kelly helped co-found the Palliative Care Team at Virtua with Ann Coyle along with our colleagues in obstetrics and maternal fetal medicine. She is a board certified physician by the American Academy of Pediatrics in Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine.


· Susan Politsky, PhD, RN

As the Director of Continuing Nursing Education at the Center for Learning at Virtua, it is Susan’s responsibility to build curriculums and oversee all continuing nursing education. She recently became a certified professional life coach, and helps nurses make positive changes in their lives by overcoming personal and professional obstacles.


Register Online for the 2017 Perinatal Bereavement and Palliative Care Conference Today

Here at South Jersey Fertility Center, we are proud to sponsor such an important and educational event. If you are looking to learn how to create a community of compassion for bereaved families in your care, we encourage you to register online today. For more details about this conference, be sure to visit Virtua’s website. We hope to see you there!