22nd International Perinatal Bereavement Conference


Uniting Relational Aspects of Perinatal Bereavement Care and Clinical Research

May 12 - 15, 2021

The Drake, A Hilton Hotel
140 East Walton Place, Chicago, IL 60611



In recognition of the incredible efforts made by those on the front lines of this recent pandemic, and in support of our members, attendees, and valued sponsors and exhibitors; the 22nd International Perinatal Bereavement Conference has been moved to May 12-15, 2021. We are fortunate to have a great partner in the Drake Hilton Hotel Chicago. They recognized not only your efforts but sacrifices during this unprecedented time. The Drake willingly worked with us to find a beautiful time in Chicago that would offer you an amazing experience.

The conference planners and PLIDA staff are excited that these prime spring dates were available. We look forward to seeing you in a time that is absolutely beautiful in Chicago.

A new brochure with the May dates and information will be forthcoming in the days ahead. Thank you for all you are doing to support your patients, families and community. 

Be well,

Gina Leigh Jones, RN, CPLC
PLIDA President 


IPBC 2021 registration is now open! Register here: https://events.eply.com/2021IPBCUpgradedtest3359744


Download the IPBC 2021 brochure here!


What makes the conference unique? Most notable is that we are committed to the model of evidence-based care that includes research, personal experience, and bereaved family narratives. The purpose of the biennial International Perinatal Bereavement Conference is to engage in educational and networking opportunities for those who support bereaved families.


This conference will appeal to any professional who provides care to Families experiencing a perinatal death or engaging in research within the field including obstetricians, maternal fetal medicine physicians, neonatologists, palliative care physicians, advanced practice nurses, midwives, physician assistants, nurses, social workers, genetic counselors, ultrasonographers, chaplains, funeral directors, childlife specialists, lactation consultants, psychologists, childbirth educators, policy makers, program administrators, researchers, professors, and parent advocates, among many others. In addition, bereaved parents themselves participate in the conference in the role of parent advocates who may work in advocacy, lay support and who may hold a dual role as both patient and researcher or practitioner


- Explore relational aspects of perinatal bereavement care.
- Describe innovative clinical and advocacy implications in caring for families when their baby dies.
- Develop skills for working within an interprofessional team when providing care for bereaved families.
- Describe principles and practice of self-care.
- Discuss transformation as applied to processes of grieving.
- Provide opportunities for relationship building among parent advocates, caregivers and researchers.
- Discuss ways of translating research findings into clinical practice.
- Identify potential causes of disparity in neonatal mortality rates among varying populations