Loss is always difficult. Losing someone you’re supposed to be meeting for the first time and spending the rest of your life with is even tougher. Katherine and her family planned for a joyful event, the birth of their daughter Helen, but that turned to sorrow when Helen was stillborn.
Listen in as we follow Katherine’s journey of becoming a postpartum and loss doula and ultimately, a Perinatal Bereavement Psychotherapist. She will walk us through resources and research shaping the world of loss and provide ideas for healing that we can use with our families, friends, students, or clients experiencing similar types of loss.
Katherine Hyde Hensley is a perinatal bereavement psychotherapist and group facilitator skilled in bereavement. She has a broad range of experience and knowledge in the areas of birth, postpartum, child development, infant death, and grief. Katherine earned her BS in Public Health and Child Development and her MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University and received her training as a Certified Postpartum Doula (DONA), certified Birth Doula (DONA), Resolve Through Sharing Perinatal Bereavement Trainer, Perinatal Loss Doula (LDI), and Palliative Care Provider from Harvard Medical School. Since 2008 she has combined her personal and professional experiences to improve the lives of infants, children, and families. Katherine lives in Asheville, NC with her husband Dave and four children, Elliott 19, Eliza 16, (Helen 14), and Alice 13.
Next week, be sure to tune in to “Part 2: Growing a Healthy Rainbow Baby” to learn more about how the birth of a new baby after perinatal loss impacts the life of the family.
Listen and Learn (Part 1):
- Why support is important to families in crisis after the loss of their loved one
- How the medical community still finds it hard to come to grips with the loss of a baby
- How palliative care is crucial to this type of loss
- The rate of loss in the United States
- What to do to honor and help make memories after the loss
- What steps can be taken to help minimize loss
- 5 steps to reduce the risk of stillbirth & perinatal loss
- The Pregnancy Research Project