Continued Bond/Attachment Theories for Perinatal Loss Intervention

Joann O'Leary, PhD

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. CDT

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About the Webinar

Parents who suffer a perinatal loss and embark on a new pregnancy can struggle with attachment to a child that follows due to loyalty issues to the deceased baby. Finding meaning for one’s role as a parent when pregnancy was the only time parents had with their child can be challenging. This presentation merges research and clinical practice to describe an innovative prenatal model of intervention that integrates the continued bond and attachment theories for families at the time of loss and in the pregnancy that follows.


Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Cite current research on the continued bond and attachment theories as a foundational model in supporting bereaved parents lifelong parenting role
  2. Describe an intervention model of the reciprocal relationship that emerges during pregnancy between the unborn baby and parents
  3. Identify three interventions that support the parental role with a deceased baby while attaching to the subsequent unborn baby

About the Presenter

Joann O’Leary has a PhD in Family Education, and MPH from the University of MN as well as a MS in Psychology from Queens University Belfast, NI where she was a Rotary Scholar. In the fall of 2016 she was a Fulbright Specialist lecturing at University College Cork, Ireland. Previous to her work in early childhood special education she worked for 18 years as a Parent-Infant Specialist in a high risk perinatal center. She teaches at the University level, is a Level IV Infant Mental Health specialist and has researched and published on how perinatal loss and the pregnancy that follows can impact parents and their children. .

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