"A Journey of A Lifetime" Conference

Lancaster, PA - October 28th, 2023

Perinatal Loss & Bereavement Care in the 21st Century

In support of improving patient care, Penn Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Physicians: Penn Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 9.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses: This activity provides 9.0 NPCD hours.

Physician Assistants: AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified forAMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medicalsociety. PAs may receive a maximum of 9.0 Category 1 credits for completing this activity.

Patient Safety and Risk Management: This activity is approved for 9.0 hours of PSRM credits.

The PA State Board of Social Work Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors allows CEUs to be claimed for courses approved by the ANCC.

The PA Department of State and State Board of Funeral Directors have approved this educational activity for up to 9 hours for Funeral Directors. Licensees may only receive credit once per biennial renewal period for attendance at this course. PROVIDER APPROVAL NUMBER: FDCE 000127

This conference is eligible for Category 2 CEU credits for Genetic Counselors, for more information on obtaining Category 2 credits please visit NSGC.ORG


We are proud to offer the first in-person Perinatal Conference in over 20 years in Lancaster County to continue to serve our community and fulfill our mission of education and awareness. Registration by University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (accrediting organization). Sign-in sheets for attendance at the entrances of the conference rooms. Overall course evaluation at the end of the conference to be filled out and returned to the registration table. Pre and post test questions by speaker will be presented prior and end of each talk that will be answered by conference attendees.

7:00 - 8:00
Registration & Check-In (Holiday Inn Lancaster Atrium)
A light breakfast will be offered 7:00 - 8:30
AM Session
Imperial Grande Ballroom
8:00 - 9:00
Keynote Speaker, Dr. Robert Silver, University of Utah - Stillbirth: We Can Do Better
9:00 - 9:45
Dr. Nicole Marchetto, Shady Gove Infertility - Infertility: A Hero's Journey
9:45 - 10:30
Erica Schindewolf, MS, LCGC, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia - Utility of Genetic Evaluation in Stillbirth
10:30 - 10:45
Break (Atrium Grande)
10:45 - 11:30
Dr. Jaimey Pauli, Penn State Hershey Medical Center – Recurrent Pregnancy Loss: Past, Present, and Impact on Patients and Families
11:30 - 12:15
Dr. Alina Ivashchuk, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health - Perinatal Palliative Care: Neonatology Perspective
12:15 - 1:00
Lunch (Imperial Blue Ballroom)
PM Session
Imperial Grande Ballroom
1:00 - 2:00
Keynote Speaker, Dr. Joanna Cole, PhD, PMH-C, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia - Holding The Hurting: How Providers Can Support Families Experiencing Perinatal Loss
2:00 - 3:00
Panels (Breakout Rooms: Sorrell, Franklin, Dreamland)
A: Sharon Kauffman MS, BSN & Jennifer Potter M. Div., Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health - Taking Care of the Bereaved: Perinatal Loss in the Hospital Setting
B: Charles Snyder, Jr., Charles Snyder, III, Justin Koehler, Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory - From Bedside and Beyond: Navigating the Share of Lancaster Burial Process and its Impact on Families
C: Allison Brunner, LCSW, Body Talks Therapy - How To Use The Emotional Freedom Technique For Grief: Learn To Support Yourself And Others Through Loss By Tapping On The Body’s Meridians Points
3:00 - 3:15
Break (Atrium Grande)
3:15 - 4:15
Panels (Breakout Rooms: Sorrell, Franklin, Dreamland)
A: Linda Gort CRNP, Dr. Jessica D’Souza, Laurie Longenecker BSN, RN, Zipporah Ngarama LSW, Union Community Care - Vulnerable Populations: An Extra Layer Of Complexity With Pregnancy Complications And Loss
B: Dr. Christina Paidas Teefey, Dr. Joanna Cole, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia - A Collaborative Approach to Perinatal Palliative Care
4:15 - 5:15
Community Support Presentations
- Adalyn Rose Foundation
, Chloe & Adam Ciferri
- Chasing the Rainbows, Bernice Quesenberry
- Kindness for Jordan, Kim & Wes Bridgette
- Lucky Anchor Project, Amy Lied & Brittany White
- Sarah’s Laughter, Michelle McGovern
- Natalie Scott
- Share of Lancaster
, Mary Ann Wolpert
- Star Legacy Foundation, Amy Kent
- Sweet Grace Ministries, Nina Myers and Meredith Jester
- The Teddy Foundation, Alaina McVoy
5:15 - 6:15
Closing – Dr. Rachel Moore - Helping Parents Survive the Death of Their Child
6:15 - 7:30
Meet & Greet (Outdoor Terrace)
Cash Bar & Appetizers


Holiday Inn Lancaster
26 East Chestnut Street, Lancaster, PA 17602

Parking is available at the adjacent city owned Duke Street parking garage. The cost per day is $15.00 with in and out privileges. Please have your ticket validated at the front desk.

There are a block of rooms that have been reserved with specific discounted rate for conference attendees for Friday and Saturday nights that are either 1 king bed or 2 queen beds. Please notify the desk your preference. Last day to reserve rooms is September 27th. $184 - parking included.

Group Block Name: Share of Lancaster
Group Block Code: SHA

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Things to do in Lancaster, PA

The city of Lancaster features a diverse array of culinary options and craft breweries, along with a vibrant art and music. The city is home to a variety of museums, theaters, tours, and shopping centers. Just outside of the city, you’ll experience the nearby historic towns of Lancaster County, known for Amish buggy tours and Pennsylvania Dutch flair.

Our Sponsors

AV – Technical Sponsor
- AmericaVen
Conference Speaker & Panelist Sponsor
- Friends of Angels
- Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory
Print & Program Sponsor
- Deb Herr
- May Grant Obstetrics & Gynecology Associates
- Mountain Realty ERA Powered
- Nancy & Clair Sauder
Meet & Greet Sponsor
- Serena & Rob Ross
Foodie Sponsor
- Albright & Thiry Orthodontics
- EH Gochnauer & Sons Inc
- Nicole & Mike Zimmerman
Caffeinated Sponsor
- Kim & Wes Bridgette
Keynote Speaker Sponsor
- Cooper Printing, Inc
- Georgelis Orthodontics, PC
- The Great Frame-Up
- Laura Schanz
- Union Community Care
Panel Community Sponsor
- Geoff Eddowes
- Ed & Diane Supple
- Everlasting Wellness LLC
- Wegmans
Share of Lancaster Circle of Friends
- Pat & Tim Reese