What is the International Perinatal Bereavement Conference?
Pregnancy Loss and Infant Death Alliance (PLIDA) offers this international conference biennially as an opportunity for networking and gaining education for those who support bereaved families.

How can I book my hotel room? For the hotel reservation please click here!

Who is the conference audience?
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.

What is the cancellation policy for registration?
Full refunds, less a $100 processing fee, are available only before August 30, 2016. If you are transferring your registration to a colleague, a $50 transfer fee applies. In order to receive a refund or transfer, you must notify conference management in writing by August 30, 2016 by emailing Rossana Urbina at PLIDAUrbina@comcast.net. If you do not cancel or transfer by this date, payment in full is still due, even if you do not attend the conference.

Who can earn continuing education credits? How do attendees apply for continuing education credits?

Yes, CEUs and CMEs for many disciplines are available. Please review that section for information and details regarding application for continuing education credits. http://www.perinatalbereavementconference.org/continuing-education/

Where do attendees pick-up their badge and convention materials?
All conference activities will be held on-site at the Marriott Tempe at the Buttes. Look for the conference signs directing you to the ballroom foyer for the registration area.

What is the meaning behind the thunderbird logo?
The thunderbird represents dawn, a time of rebirth and dusk, a time of meditation and rest. The thunderbird cared for souls of the dying. It is a representation of transformation and a strong spirit, which we hope is at the heart of bereaved mothers and families experience. Finally, the thunderbird is a provider and a protector, much like we are, as bereavement professionals, providing the care and guidance needed, but also being the ultimate “gatekeepers”.

What does registration include?
• Access all plenary and concurrent presentations. Please note that Wednesday preconference presentations are an additional fee.
• Access to exhibit hall, poster presentations, bookstore, and quiet reflection room.
• Access to written materials provided by the presenters.
• Free Wi-Fi throughout resort space

Does full conference registration rate include the pre-conference options?
No, the pre-conference options are selected on the registration form and paid for according to the amount listed.

How do I receive continuing education credit?
For information on continuing education credit, please visit http://www.perinatalbereavementconference.org/continuing-education/.

What type of experience can an attendee expect at the conference?
The conference provides enriching presentations combined with networking and seeing old friends, and enjoying the many excursions and festivities throughout beautiful Phoenix. With over 25 acres of breathtaking views, there is something for everyone.

What is the dress code?
Business casual. You may want to consider dressing in layers to account for the transition from air-conditioned meeting rooms to a pleasant stroll around the resort grounds. Remember to bring your swim suit, sunscreen, hat, and hiking boots. There are beautiful shady places next to the pools where you can rest and relax. Feeling more adventurous? Hiking trails in the Buttes are right out the doors of the hotel.

Do attendees have to bring anything to the convention?
• Paper and pens will be provided in the meeting spaces for note taking.
• Don’t forget to bring your business cards and/or information about your programs & resources to share with colleagues.
• Free Wifi will be available throughout the conference space for those wanting to access the Internet.

Will meals be provided?
• Continental breakfast is provided Wednesday morning for those attendees who have registered for the AM preconference session and Thursday and Friday. An enhanced breakfast is provided Saturday.
• Lunch is provided Thursday and Friday.
• Breaks with refreshments are provided on Thursday and Friday afternoon.
• The Welcome Reception on Wednesday evening is an additional cost with payment at registration.

Should I bring my partner and family?
Yes! There are many activities at the conference location to keep your family busy while you’re learning. From the onsite spa to the many swimming pools (your kids will love the water slide), they may never want to leave the resort. Ready to explore the area? Phoenix area attractions are all an easy drive or Uber-ride away. Check out some great ideas on page 23. Why not make it a vacation?! Come a few days early or stay the weekend. The drive up to Sedona will take your breath away.

Do I need to rent a car?
The conference site is an inexpensive ten minute taxi ride from the airport, plus the Phoenix Visitor’s Bureau will be offering each conference attendee an Uber credit. This allows you and your conference friends to go out to explore downtown Tempe for dinner or nearby Scottsdale for shopping.