Journal of Japanese Society of Genetic Nursing
Online ISSN : 2436-9098
Print ISSN : 1881-3267
ISSN-L : 1881-3267
Volume 16, Issue 2
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  • Mayumi Okanaga
    2018 Volume 16 Issue 2 Pages 45-55
    Published: March 31, 2018
    Released on J-STAGE: February 23, 2024

     The object of this study was to examine the results of a professional development program for midwives on perinatal loss care. The midwives completed a self-evaluated questionnaire(using a VAS), which included questions on different aspects of perinatal loss care, including knowledge, practice and the respondents impression of perinatal loss care. The quantitative data were subjected to a statistical analysis, and the qualitative data were extracted and analyzed. The midwives were also asked to state their own three-month goal in relation to practical perinatal loss care. Changes were observed at the three time points: just before and after the program, and three months after the program. Each of the midwives was interviewed in relation to their practical care plan to determine the effects on their practice. The study population included 21 midwives who attended a professional development programs on perinatal loss care. Most of their self-evaluated scores related to perinatal loss care showed significant increases, including the scores related to both knowledge (mother’s grief reaction, father’s grief reaction, and the couple’s relationship) and practice (attachment care for the parent-infant during pregnancy); the midwives’impressions of their perinatal loss care ability also increased. At three months after the program, the midwives mostly reached their own practical perinatal loss care goals. After categorizing the responses to the interview, there were 10 main findings: the midwives understood that attachment and grief were connected to care, they considered the father’s need for care, they recognized the family’s grief(including that of siblings), they recognized the need for continuing care, they utilized medical team conferences, they recognized their own feelings, they recognized their colleagues’ feelings, they provided support for colleagues, they considered perinatal loss care to be meaningful, and they were making their own clear agenda. In conclusion, the midwives’ self-assessed scores in relation to perinatal loss care increased as a result of the program, and they understood that the couple’s relationship was affected by perinatal loss. Moreover, the midwives were able to support their colleagues by utilizing medical team conferences. The ability to share information with other midwives was recognized as meaningful in perinatal loss care. This professional development program improved the midwives’ knowledge, and practice, as well as their impression of perinatal loss care.

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