Mission and Vision

Supporting Care Providers Whose Work Supports Bereaved Families 



PLIDA’s mission is to promote the highest quality of consistent evidence-based perinatal bereavement care for all families who experience the death of a baby. We express this mission through professional continuing education, the establishment of position statements and practice guidelines, unified responses to issues in the media or legislation, and by creating a network for professionals to share questions, resources, insight, and support.

PLIDA strives to create position statements that promote the highest standard of supportive care for bereaved parents. PLIDA position statements advocate for parents’ emotional needs and the provision of compassionate, relationship-based care. Available to all members, these position statements can be used to increase awareness, educate others, inform policy, sustain supportive programs, or encourage change. 


PLIDA’s overriding goal is to support those whose work supports bereaved families. We are committed to serving as leaders in perinatal and neonatal bereavement care by offering the most up-to-date resources available to our members

PLIDA serves this mission and accomplishes this vision by

  • Being a professional membership organization for health care practitioners and parent advocates
  • Providing opportunities for members to share support, resources, and information on implementing the highest standards of perinatal bereavement care
  • Developing and maintaining educational resources for members only, along with a members-only networking space
  • Collaborating with allied organizations
  • Producing position statements on the emotional aspects of perinatal bereavement care in clinical settings 
  • Producing practice guidelines that illustrate relationship-based bereavement care
  • Maintaining a comprehensive list of resources online
  • Sponsoring a biennial international conference
  • Promoting the provision of comprehensive care for bereaved families after a loss and throughout the continuum of childbearing