What is a Bereavement Doula
Bereavement doulas and/or Perinatal Bereavement Workers (PBW’s) are specifically trained to sensitively and knowledgeably help parents cope with pregnancy loss, baby loss or the death of an infant. Some offer services to parents whose children are born with conditions that are either unexpected or more severe than anticipated. I have vast experience as a seasoned Bereavement Doula in South Africa.
Why did NCOT develop a perinatal course?
Nicci Coertze has assisted parents in baby loss situations, many, many times. Because of this, she has realized that there is a dire need for PROPER perinatal bereavement training. During her period at ‘The Voice of the Unborn Baby’ working with Sonja Smith, she assisted in various situations where it was evident that there was an absolutely dire need for training – people do not know how to handle death! From the reception personnel through to the doctors ! The goal of this course is to familiarize and prepare South African birth workers, nurses, midwives, students, care professionals and those with an interest in perinatal bereavement for the experience and support of loss – whether it is infertility loss, miscarriage, stillbirth or early baby / NICU loss. This course focuses on multiple stages of loss in pregnancy and during infancy. It discusses how support persons impact the experience and the environment of loss, as well as place emphasis on communication and the expression of individual grief. It thoroughly explores grief, all it’s components, basic grief counselling and how to set up support groups and other pratical content. All this, whilst offering a unique perspective and a greater appreciation of pregnancy and infant loss from someone who has suffered baby loss herself, and who have been there and experienced it.