TheJournal.ie recently published an article about the urgent need for bereavement training for chaplains in maternity hospitals. The research was conducted by Mr Daniel Nuzum and Dr Keelin O’Donoghue of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University College Cork Maternity Hospital, Ireland.
The research highlighted the importance of the care provided to parents after the death of a baby and the role that this care plays in the grieving and recovery process of the family.
The article emphasises that chaplains are an integral part of providing this care. However, there is a lack of accredited and professionally trained chaplains, which has a major impact on the quality of care provided to the families.
The article explains that healthcare chaplains are professional providers of spiritual and pastoral care working alongside other healthcare disciplines, accompanying families during a difficult time. The appointment of accredited healthcare chaplains is recommended, to ensure that they have undergone the required training and education. Ongoing education and support to chaplains is also recommended.
The research was undertaken to uncover the experiences of healthcare chaplains providing spiritual and pastoral care to the parents of bereaved babies, and the emotional effects on the chaplains of providing such care. For the full story, click here.