IU INDIANAPOLIS AND THE INSTITUTE OF REPRODUCTIVE GRIEF CARE ANNOUNCES THAT DRS. BUTE AND BRANN OF IU INDIANAPOLIS WILL SPEAK AT THE INSTITUTE’S UPCOMING “RESEARCH REVEALS” EVENT

INDIANAPOLIS AND SAN DIEGO (April 29, 2024) – Indiana University Indianapolis and the Institute of Reproductive Grief Care®, the global authority on reproductive grief care research and education, today announced that Drs. Bute and Brann of IU Indianapolis will be speaking at the Institute’s upcoming “Research Reveals” event to discuss their groundbreaking research on a novel reproductive grief screening tool. This live, virtual event will take place on Wednesday, May 15th at 11:00 AM PT / 2:00 PM ET. Attendees can register here.

“Grief after reproductive loss is underestimated in our culture and often undetected by healthcare professionals,” explained Dr. Michaelene Fredenburg, President and CEO of the Institute of Reproductive Grief Care.

IU Indianapolis and the Institute worked together, along with other doctors and researchers, to create a Reproductive Grief Screening Tool that quickly and systemically identifies grief after reproductive loss as part of the healthcare process.

An abstract of the study is here; the full study is available here. The study can “reshape mental health treatment, open conversations about loss,” according to an MSN article.

“Unresolved reproductive grief can cause pain for years – even decades,” added Fredenburg. “It is critical that we create a quick way for healthcare professionals to identify reproductive grief, as a part of compassionate, whole-person care.”

The study:There’s No Time Limit On Grief: Women’s Perspectives On A Novel Reproductive Grief Screening Tool was published by the National Library of Medicine. It analyzes a novel Reproductive Grief Screen to identify patients struggling with ongoing, complicated grief. In the study, women who have experienced reproductive loss (i.e., miscarriage, stillbirth, abortion) evaluated the usefulness of this tool.

“This ‘Research Reveals’ event is vital for any healthcare professional, caregiver, supervisor or mental health professional who works with families impacted by reproductive loss,” Fredenburg emphasized. “It offers insights into this novel reproductive grief screening tool and the significant role that it can play in identifying patients who struggle with ongoing, complicated grief after pregnancy loss.”

ABOUT THE RESEARCHERS

Dr. Brann

Professor, Communication Studies

Adjunct Faculty, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Translational Scholar, IU Indianapolis Center for Translating Research into Practice

Founding Affiliate Faculty, Communication Privacy Management Center

Affiliate Faculty, Injury Control Research Center, West Virginia University

PhD, University of Kentucky

MPH, West Virginia University

MA, Purdue University

BA, Purdue University

Dr. Brann is a professor in the Department of Communication Studies in the IU School of Liberal Arts in Indianapolis. Dr. Brann explores the integration of health, interpersonal, and gender communication. Her translational focus and mixed methods approach are woven throughout her health vulnerabilities research, which advocates for more effective communication to improve people’s health. Most notably, she seeks to understand the interpersonal communicative negotiations and societal view of reproductive loss as well as the promotion of more empathic provider communication during bad news delivery. She serves on the Health Care Task Force for the Institute of Reproductive Grief Care. She is the editor of Contemporary Case Studies in Health Communication: Theoretical & Applied Approaches. Her work on reproductive loss has been published in numerous refereed journals including Health Communication, Patient Education and Counseling, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Journal of Applied Communication Research, and Qualitative Health Research and several scholarly books including Gender in Applied Communication Contexts, Pregnancy Loss: A Narrative Collection, Casing the Family: Theoretical and Applied Approaches to Understanding Family Communication, and Casing Communication Theory. Her work has been funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Indiana State Department of Health, the Central States Communication Association, the IU Indianapolis Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, the IU Indianapolis Arts and Humanities Institute, and the IU School of Liberal Arts. Research here.

Dr. Bute

Professor, Communication Studies

Adjunct Faculty, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Affiliate Faculty, Communication Privacy Management Center

Translational Scholar, IU Indianapolis Center for Translating Research into Practice

PhD, University of Illinois

MA, Ball State University

BS, Ball State University

Dr. Bute is a Professor in the Department of Communication Studies in the IU School of Liberal Arts in Indianapolis and a former Senior Editor for the journal Health Communication. Dr. Bute’s research centers on interpersonal communication about health, with an emphasis on everyday conversations about health, illness, and healing. Most of her work has explored issues of reproductive health, such as how people manage private information about topics like infertility and miscarriage, as well as ways to improve patient-provider communication about pregnancy loss and grief after reproductive loss. She serves on the Health Care Task Force for the Institute of Reproductive Grief Care. In addition, Dr. Bute has examined interpersonal communication in the management of life-threatening food allergies and served on the Outcomes Research Advisory Board for Food Allergy Research & Education. She also served on the advisory committee for the Personalized Medicine Coalition, where she offered expertise in health communication to develop a patient-centered research agenda. Her work has appeared in numerous edited books and journals, including Communication MonographsHealth Communication, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Journal of Communication in Healthcare, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Patient Education and Counseling, Qualitative Health Research, and Social Science and Medicine. Her work has been funded by the National Communication Association, the Indiana Department of Health, the Central States Communication Association, the IU School of Liberal Arts, and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. Research here.

ABOUT THE IU SCHOOL OF LIBERAL ARTS

The IU School of Liberal Arts in Indianapolis was founded in 1972, as the only public liberal arts higher education institution in the Indianapolis area. We are proud of our heritage and excited that the liberal arts model of education continues to be more relevant today than ever before. In today’s world of rapid social, economic, and technological changes, our students are well informed, highly versatile, and equipped with vital critical thinking skills and long-term training for innovation, entrepreneurship, and leadership. For more information, visit the IU School of Liberal Arts website.

ABOUT THE INSTITUTE: “RESEARCH REVEALS” EVENTS

The Institute of Reproductive Grief Care is at the forefront of sharing and creating impartial and impactful research to understand the way individuals process reproductive losses, and to establish global standards for offering compassionate care. This event is part of our quarterly “Research Reveals” Guest Lecture Series. Each “Research Reveals” event is live, virtual and low cost. This event is $25. 

ABOUT THE INSTITUTE: VISION

The Institute of Reproductive Grief Care brings to light the widespread need for help that is faced by the millions impacted by miscarriage and other reproductive losses. They change the way that people think and talk about reproductive loss, and create traditions that focus on healing, remembrance and hope. They offer a safe place for those impacted to receive the support that they need, in kindness and without judgement.

ABOUT THE INSTITUTE OF REPRODUCTIVE GRIEF CARE

The Institute of Reproductive Grief Care is the global authority on reproductive grief care. It offers education, research, expertise and support after reproductive loss without religious or political affiliation. Its goal is to accelerate the widespread adoption of a reproductive grief standard of care, bringing comfort and hope to millions who often grieve alone and in silence for years or decades.

The Institute of Reproductive Grief Care is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC). The Institute of Reproductive Grief Care is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP17434. It also has approved programs by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) Provider #135365 and by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Provider # 886893440 to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs. We maintain responsibility for our program and its content. The Institute also certifies healthcare professionals and others in reproductive grief care.

The Institute offers booksmemorial items, and other healing resources directly to those affected, including the “Forget Me Not Signature Collection” of sympathy cards, jewelry and comfort boxes. The national campaign, promoting the “Forget Me Not” flower as a symbol of reproductive loss remembrance, won the grand prize of “Nonprofit Communications Campaign of the Year” by Public Relations Daily in 2022. All Institute proceeds from sales of “Forget Me Not” items go directly to helping those impacted. The Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. For more information, see the Institute’s introductory video and visit ReproductiveGrief.org.