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Published on April 06, 2015

Free 3-Day Seminar Designed to Help Families With Pregnancy, Infant Loss

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Nearly one in four pregnancies end in the loss of an infant.

To help families and caregivers cope with the tragic death of a child, University of Missouri Health Care is hosting a free three-day conference led by representatives of the Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support program.

The conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 3-4 and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 5 in the Conference Center at MU Women’s and Children’s Hospital, 400 N. Keene St.

Based in Saint Charles, Missouri, the Share program’s mission is to serve those whose have experienced the death of a baby through pregnancy loss, stillbirth or in the first few months of life.

The conference is designed for caregivers including nurses, social workers, hospital chaplains, funeral directors and anyone who may support grieving families dealing with the loss of an infant.

The training is part of an effort by Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support to increase awareness and access to perinatal bereavement care. A goal of the conference is to train participants to set up support groups within their own communities.

Grant funding from The Missouri Foundation for Health is allowing Share and MU Health Care to offer the seminar free of charge.

Although the conference is free, space is limited and registration is required. Nursing Continuing Education Unit’s (CEU) will be offered to registered nurses and social workers who complete the entire training.

Please contact Meredith Lehman, MU Health Care child life coordinator, at (573) 219-4264 or register online at