Orla O’Connell (Matrona, Irelanda)
Orla currently works as a clinical midwife specialist in the area of maternity bereavement in which she has gained extensive experience in all areas of pregnancy and infant loss. Having completed nurse training in Cork and midwifery training in London, where she worked as a community midwife, she went on to study counselling and psychotherapy in the Cork Institute of Technology. Orla’s MA research focused on the experiences of women who choose to continue pregnancies, which are diagnosed with anencephaly. As a member of The Pregnancy Loss Research Group at the INFANT centre, University Collage Cork she has presented on aspects of this work, which highlight the value of perinatal palliative care, both nationally and overseas. She also has presented and published on care at the time of stillbirth and miscarriage and on the impact of intra-partum death on midwives.