"I can honestly say, that in the last six years of nursing, Rachel's Gift and the education that they brought to our hospital has been the best education that I have received as a Labor and Delivery nurse." - EMILY TRACY, Labor & Delivery Nurse, Mercy West Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio (February 2018)
If you would like our full program - Education & Keepsake Boxes - as outlined below please contact us (using the form below) for a breakdown of the cost for initial set up and training.
All costs associated are for reimbursement of costs incurred by us, such as travel expenses, instructor fees, and classroom materials. We do our best to keep costs at a minimum and will work with you for the best plan to enable you to activate the program. The patient supplies and all patient care, resources, and follow-up are covered by us as long as you keep all current staff trained.
If you would only like to purchase our keepsake boxes to use for your patients, but do not wish to have the complete service and education, then we will supply those at $40 per box. Purchased boxes do not come with the follow-up service, hand and foot molds, or the last three items listed below under box contents.
Education CEU approved! Medical professionals, grief specialists, and mothers who have experienced loss have drafted a well-balanced course for nurses, doctors and hospital staff to educate them to the unique needs of their patient who has lost an infant. After research, we have learned that these professionals have had little to no training in this area and have, as a result, in a lot of cases, just avoided these situations. We equip hospital staff with an outline to help them face the grief and in turn help the patient. A four-hour class is given in person with questions answered, common situations addressed, and resources given to each attendee to refer back to. Our course is a continuing education course in ethics that doctors and nurses can receive credit for their furthering education and renewing of licenses.
Some of the subject matter included in the class are as follows:
Proper care of the deceased infant and tips for presentation
Identifying the varying emotions of the patient and the best time to address decisions needing to be made
How to most effectively offer services available
Basic bereavement photography
Addressing unusual requests
The best language to use with the patient to reduce further trauma
The unique challenges in NICU with deceleration of care and opportunities available
Facilitation and importance of the bonding experience
Working with birth defects and injuries
Keepsake Boxes The second goal of Rachel's Gift is to provide families with keepsakes of their deceased child. When a child is stillborn or expires shortly after birth there is a narrow window in which to collect keepsakes. With the mental state of the family at the time they cannot think clearly and cannot look ahead to what they will want to have as a remembrance of their child. We provide a package, presented by the staff during the course of their hospital stay, that includes:
Hand and Foot molds
the book When Hello Means Goodbye
Hand crocheted blanket
Stuffed angel bear
Ink print keepsake cards
Teeny Tears bereavement diaper sets
Resource pamphlets for mother, father, grandparents, family and friends
Resources for support groups, memorial items, financial assistance for preferred baby's end of life plans
Resource and keepsake for your ER to give to miscarriage patients treated and released
Additional items for surviving multiples transferred to NICU
Additional resource for patients 30 weeks gestation and up to alleviate Empty Arms Syndrome
We also include for your facility, at no cost: door and isolate cards, ER and surgical center resources for miscarriage, additional NICU resources and assortments of various size burial wraps and gowns sewn from wedding gowns if needed.
We have found through our research that most families do not get to utilize the services available because they have no way of knowing about them. Our job is to offer and connect them with whatever services they want or need and the keepsakes that we provide will be life long tangible links to their child and will aid them in their healing process.
TRIAL & ERROR
WHY WE REQUEST OUR CLASS BE AN ONGOING REQUIREMENT OF YOUR L&D AND NICU STAFF:
The staff that is the most uncomfortable with loss will not voluntarily take the class and they are the ones they need it the most! We've had so many nurses come back and say the class was so much better then they were expecting and they were so glad they were "made" to come!
This allows for consistent patient care through shift changes and so forth. No matter what nurse is assigned to the loss patient, they are trained and know the procedures and feel confident taking on their care.
As employee turnover takes place, you eventually would lose everyone that had been trained! This way the program stays impactful and everyone stays on the same page.
Staff not having education on how to care for these unique patients, and inconsistency of care, has proven to adversely affect patient outcomes.
It is recommended that you also advertise and offer the course as an option to key ER staff, Chaplains, Techs, partnering Obstetricians, and anyone else in the facility that comes in contact with these patients.
OBTAINING SERVICES INQUIRY
To begin the process of obtaining the services of Rachel's Gift, please complete the form below. We will be in contact with additional information.
MAILING ADDRESS 922 Hwy 81 East PMB 153 McDonough, GA 30252
OFFICE ADDRESS 76 Sloan Street McDonough, GA 30253 Tuesday - Friday, 8:30am - 3:30pm EST
NEED ASSISTANCE? please call the Help Line or email us 24 Hour Help Line: 470-278-1956 Elizabeth_RachelsGift@outlook.com
Rachel's Gift, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All proceeds go directly into the operation of this organization to support the services and resources provided for families in need.