This episode of the Glimmer Podcast is all about returning to work after miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal loss or TFMR (termination for medical reasons). It gives helpful lived experience and advice to the listener on how to navigate interactions with colleagues, clients and everyone involved in the workplace. This episode also gives helpful advice to employers and we recommend this episode to every work place whose staff may experience this type of loss.
Our guest is Ann-Maree Imrie, a social worker trained in grief and bereavement. She is also the mother to her son, Xavier who was stillborn in 2015. She took five months leave from work after his loss and can attribute a huge part of her healing to the support she received from her workplace. Ann-Maree has developed her passion - 'The Baby Loss Project' - an online training program that upskills employers to create policy, and respond proactively to pregnancy loss, stillbirth and infant death. This episode references the startling findings from the ‘Price Waterhouse Cooper’ economic impact analysis on the cost of stillbirth to organisations through presenteeism, absenteeism and family breakdown. Anne-Maree Imrie shares about the ‘baby loss project’ and why it is so important. It aims to take all the fear out of the support people in trying to support the bereaved parent back to work and turning them into a ‘grief literate organization.’
Special thank you to:
- Corey Green (podcast editor - Transducer Audio) https://www.transducer-audio.com/
- Coby Grant (Winter Bear backing sound track)
- Ashleigh Smith (Producer and creator of The Glimmer Project, Podcast and Online group)