Practicing Hope

Please note:  We have had to cancel our November 11th Practicing Hope training in Greensboro due to an insufficient number of registrants. 

Heartstrings recognizes the importance of providing essential training for caregivers who are the first line of support to bereaved parents.  We have designed Practicing Hope:  Best Practices in Caring for Parents Experiencing Fetal and Infant Loss for professionals - including all staff within Obstetric and Gynecological practices, inpatient staff in the hospital maternity setting, as well as many other caregiving settings.

Our Next Session will be:
To be announced....

This half-day training will address best practices in caring for grieving parents, including a supportive and trauma-informed plan of care for patient and caregiver, as well as parent panel discussions and collaboration with community experts. 

Contact Hours for this educational activity will be requested through Northwest AHEC.  Registration is required.

Obstetric and Gynecological practices:  For many patients a fetal demise is detected during an office visit.  In addition to doctors and nurses, many other staff members interact with bereaved parents during or soon after this traumatic experience, as well as multiple points along their journey towards healing and hope.   Physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, midwives, genetic counselors, sonographers, and administrative staff will benefit from attending this training.

Inpatient hospital staff:  Numerous patients are supported by the medical staff within the inpatient hospital setting to care for their specific fetal demise experience and bereavement support needs before, during and after a loss.  Physicians, nurses, lactation consultants, administrators, social workers, chaplains and bereavement coordinators are among the myriad of medical caregivers supporting parents at the hospital who will benefit from attending.

Additional caregiving settings:  There are numerous professionals in other caregiving settings who support parents experiencing loss.  Grief counselors, therapists, doulas, pregnancy care managers, social workers, palliative care professionals, and anyone interested in learning more about best practices in caring for grieving parents is welcome to participate. 

Registration will be a cost of $50 per person. 

For more information on this Practicing Hope training, please contact Cheri Timmons at 336-335-9931 or [email protected]

All professionals participating in this unique training exemplify how important it is to instruct all staff on what parents need and how to support them before, during and after a loss. 


Thank you to the following organizations who were represented by participants at our Practicing Hope conferences in 2015 and 2016:

Hospice and Palliative Care Center

Nurse Family Partnership

Family Services of the Piedmont

Surry County Health and Nutrition Center

Forsyth County Department of Public Health

Wake Forest Baptist Health - NICU

Novant Health - Chaplain

Cone Health Pediatrics - PICU

Watauga Medical Center

Novant Health - FMC - Palliative Care

CareNet Counseling

High Point Regional - UNC Health Care

UNC Regional Physicians - Ob/Gyn

Pinewest Ob/Gyn

Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services

Cone Health - Women's Hospital

Cone Health - Encompass Women's Care Ob/Gyn

Cumberland County Health Department

Novant Health WomanCare

Novant Health Triad Obstetrics and Gynecology

Lyndhurst Gynecologic Associates

Novant Health Midwifery Associates

Wake Forest Baptist Health - Department Obstetrics & Gynecology

Novant Health Today's Woman Ob/Gyn

Novant Health - Perinatal Bereavement Services

Novant Health - Women's Unit

Novant Health - NICU

Burke Hospice and Palliative Care