Perinatal and Infant Loss Conferences 2016

Conferences are a wonderful way to learn about perinatal and infant losses – both for families and those that care for them. Have you ever been to this type of conference? When I went to my first one, I found it unnerving how open everyone was with their losses. It was a safe place to share and the community feeling was uplifting. I came away with so much.
There are some amazing conferences coming up for bereaved families, volunteers and professionals. Here are three taking place this summer and fall:


TCF 2016 Conference Logo

Hope Rises on the Wings of Love
The Compassionate Friends 39th National Conference


July 8-10, 2016
Scottsdale, Arizona


Conference registration:

Adult Registration (ages 18 +) $90.00 each
Child Registration (ages 9-17) $40.00 each
Full-Time College Student (student ID required at check-in) $40.00 each


I will be presenting a session at the The Compassionate Friends National Conference called: 

Creative Writing: Blogging and Memoir for Grievers


Information about the conference:

“The Compassionate Friends is pleased to announce that Scottsdale, Arizona, will be the site of the 39th TCF National Conference on July 8-10, 2016. “Hope Rises on the Wings of Love” is the theme of next year’s event, which promises more of this year’s great national Conference experience. The 2016 Conference will be held at the The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. We’ll keep you updated with details here, on the national website as well as on our TCF/USA Facebook Page and elsewhere as they become available. Plan to come and be a part of this heartwarming experience.”


Hotel Information:

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
7575 East Princess Drive
Scottsdale, Arizona 85255
Toll Free (Room Reservations only):
(800) 344-4758
(480) 585-4848



“From Dawn to Dusk: Transformation in Perinatal Bereavement”
20th International Perinatal Bereavement Conference
PLIDA: Pregnancy Loss and Infant Death Alliance

September 28 – October 1, 2016
Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix Marriott Tempe at the Buttes, Tempe Arizona


Information about the conference:

“2016 marks the 20th International Perinatal Bereavement Conference, a time for a multidisciplinary group of professionals to come together to gain knowledge from leaders in our field, network and learn from each other. Conferences are held biannually and are planned in locations across the United States. Learning opportunities include plenary sessions from leading experts, a wide range of concurrent sessions as well as half-day pre-conference sessions that provide opportunities for additional learning and skill building. Extended break times allow for conversations started in sessions to continue informally and to facilitate networking with your peers. Continuing education credits are offered for the fields of medicine, nursing, social work, genetic counseling, chaplaincy and more.”

“This conference will appeal to any professional who provides care to families experiencing a perinatal death or who engages in research in the field including obstetricians, maternal fetal medicine physicians, neonatologists, palliative care physicians, advanced practice nurses, midwives, physician assistants, nurses, social workers, genetic counselors, ultrasonographers, chaplains, funeral directors, childlife specialists, lactation consultants, psychologists, childbirth educators, policy makers, program administrators, researchers, professors, and parent advocates, among many others. In addition, bereaved parents, themselves, participate in the conference in the role of parent advocates who may work in advocacy, lay support and who may hold a dual role as both patient and researcher or practitioner.”

International Conference on Stillbirth SIDS and Baby Survival 2016

International Conference on Stillbirth, SIDS and Baby Survival
“Joining efforts to reduce perinatal and infant mortality in Latin America”

September 8-10, 2016
Pre-conference: September 7, 2016

Montevideo – Uruguay
Radisson Montevideo Victoria Plaza Hotel

Do you know any others? I would love to add them to this list. Comment below with the conference info or email me at and I’ll add it to the resources page.




  1. Cindy Claussen
    Sep 8, 2016

    Hello! I wrote the book Born to Fly an Infants Journey
    To God. I would like information on future conferences
    that I may attend to sell my book. Thanks for any help
    you can offer!

    • Alexis Marie Chute
      Oct 18, 2016

      Hi Cindy,
      I do have a few conferences listed in our resource section:
      I hope this helps. If you come across others in your search, please let me know so I can add them to this list.
      Best wishes with your book!
      Alexis Marie

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