Medical Staff Resources

I have been a Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Affiliated Photographer since 2021 and have been serving bereaved families since 2019. Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep is an important resource likely available to your patients. Visit their website to learn more about how you can utilize their services or become a NILMDTS medical affiliate!

We want to support hospitals as they support their bereaved families.

Each family’s hospital experience before, during, and after loss can truly affect how well a family can heal from their trauma.

The people who interact with these families as they navigate their grief should have Resolve Through Sharing (RTS) training (or the like) and should be encouraged to attend the PLIDA conference at least once.

Still, we know how quickly the turn-over rate is in hospital nursing and especially in bereavement care, and training is not always possible. That’s why I wanted to create a go-to space at to serve the people who serve bereaved families most (and usually first) along their journey through grief.

Below you will find links to:

  • Online Education for Medical Professionals: Bereavement Care
  • Support Resources for Those Who Provide Perinatal Bereavement Care
  • Bereavement Photography Resources for Medical Professionals

Online Education For Medical Professionals: Bereavement Care

AWHONN (Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses) Perinatal Bereavement Resources: Supporting Nurses, Supporting Families

“AWHONN has developed resources for nurses and caregivers to help them provide the highest level of compassionate and respectful care to families experiencing loss during the childbearing years.” Resources provided include a recorded presentation of Support the Caregiver, debriefing tools, perinatal palliative care sample birth plan, communication strategies, book recommendations, EMR Flowsheet examples, checklists, on-demand presentations from the 2022 AWHONN Convention including Care and Grief Support Following Fetal Diagnosis, Second Victim: The Perinatal Nurse after an Adverse Event, and Reimagining Your Perinatal Bereavement Space.

Prenatal & Infant Care Network Education Resources

The St. Joseph Community Health Foundation and Healthier Moms & Babies co-facilitate a quarterly webinar meeting for anyone in the community interested in providing quality prenatal and infant care services in northeast Indiana. The quarterly meetings focus on strengthening skills and knowledge of prenatal care providers by:

  • providing introductions to others engaged in this work in the community for easier referral and coordination of resources;
  • offering professional education on new trends, research and best practices in prenatal and infant health;
  • sharing updates on local programming and opportunities regarding prenatal & infant services.

Support for the Supporters

Piper’s Purpose

The founder of Piper’s Purpose, Claire, focuses on supporting the individuals and organizations who support families after pregnancy and infant loss. They offer online resources, trainings, webinars, and grief coaching for healthcare professionals, and they offer one-on-one consultation services, peer support circles, on-site resource library, bereavement support resource materials, and comfort items for PAIL families for those who are in bereavement leadership positions (such as hospital Bereavement Coordinators).

Bereavement Photography Resources

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep

NILMDTS is a nationwide nonprofit serving bereaved families in the hospital. Simply go to the website to request/call a photographer in your area.

NILMDTS offers Medical Affiliate training for your staff for a nominal fee ($50 per person, less for a group rate. The Medical Affiliate Training provides 2.0 contact credit hours of continuing education. (This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by Colorado Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.) The intention of the Medical Affiliate Program is to allow a family to receive the best quality photographs possible when a NILMDTS photographer is otherwise unavailable. You can learn more at the link above.

This Amazon List created by Amos’ Anchors demonstrates and example of commonly used/needed equipment for bereavement/memorial photography if you are planning to become an Affiliate Hospital for NILMDTS. NILMDTS offers Medical Affiliate training for your staff for a nominal fee ($50 per person, less for a group rate). If you need support in setting up your bereavement care room/photography area at your hospital, please contact me for support in that task: