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Jefferson Health - New Jersey Clinicians Receive Bereavement Training from Regional Nonprofit ‘Three Little Birds Pregnancy & Infant Support’


ThreeLittleBirdsTraining - May 2022

Several Jefferson Health clinicians recently completed a six-week online perinatal bereavement training program, offered at no cost by South Jersey/Philadelphia based nonprofit, Three Little Birds Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support.

Jefferson Health – New Jersey was lead sponsor of the organizations 2021 “Wave of Light” ceremony held at Cooper River Park. There, Jefferson was presented with two Cuddle Cots –- aimed at providing solace for parents who experience infant loss in a hospital setting –- as well as access to Three Little Birds bereavement training.

The online training program included a wealth of research, along with topical videos to address the multi-faceted grief associated with perinatal loss. This includes an overview of local and national statistics, patient perspectives, resources, and how to effectively communicate and advocate for families.

The program also included a review of six different scenarios that incorporated diversity and communication tools to effectively support families. For more information about Three Little Birds, go towww.threelittlebirdsperinatal.orgFor information about Jefferson New Jersey’s services for expectant and new parents, please visit:

Shown at the completion of the training are: back row, from left - Three Little Birds Co-Founder Kristen Samuelson; Certified Nurse and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Ellen Appleton, CNM, WHMP; Certified Nurse Midwife Vicki Asturrizaga, MSN, CNM; Maternal-Fetal Medicine Clinical Coordinator Carol Folcher, RN, BSN; and Desiree Miller, Three Little Birds Co-Founder. Front row, from left: Meredith Annon-Stein, MSN, CNM, Lead Advanced Practice Provider of Jefferson Health NJ’s Midwifery Program; Megan Dominik, RN, Jefferson Washington Township Hospital; and Krystal Volpe, RN, Jefferson Washington Township Hospital.