Rana Limbo, PhD, RN, CPLC, FAAN, earned her bachelor of science in nursing at St. Olaf College, a master's in maternal/child nursing at the University of Colorado, and a second master's at Indiana University in adult/psychiatric mental health nursing. She earned her PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. These dual interests in childbearing families and mental health have defined her career in perinatal bereavement. Dr. Limbo is best known as a co-founder, in 1981, of the perinatal bereavement program Resolve Through Sharing(R). The program's success has led to intense training for over 50,000 professionals in providing quality perinatal bereavement care that has touched millions of families. Her work has included the roles of bedside nurse, clinical nurse specialist, researcher, author, and speaker. She has published numerous journal articles, book chapters, and co-edited or co-authored six books. She has focused her research efforts on miscarriage, guided participation (a teaching/learning theory), and bereaved family caregiving. In addition to having received numerous awards throughout her career, she is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. Charlotte Wool, PhD, RN, FAAN, earned her bachelor of science in nursing from Bloomsburg University and began her career cross training in perinatal and neonatal units. She became a clinical nurse specialist after graduating from the University of Phoenix with a master's in nursing. In that role she taught undergraduates, wrote and taught curricula for registered nurses in obstetrics and the NICU, developed and managed community perinatal education, and provided care at the bedside. Her diverse roles enabled her to work with parents across the pregnancy trajectory and informed her current program of research in perinatal palliative care. Dr. Wool earned her PhD in nursing from the University of Texas at Tyler in 2011. She has designed and executed numerous studies that broaden the evidence base in perinatal palliative care, including the creation of two psychometrically sound instruments that have been translated into several languages and are in use internationally. As a leader in perinatal palliative care, Dr. Wool continues to focus on the needs of parents and the clinicians who care for them. She has increased our understanding of what parents who anticipate the loss of their infant want and need. Dr. Wool actively partners with experts in the field to ensure an interdisciplinary voice in her publications. She has co-authored palliative care position statements for the National Association of Neonatal Nurses and the National Perinatal Association. Dr. Wool is a frequent invited speaker for international organizations and maintains her primary interest in excellent outcomes for families. In recognition of her ongoing contributions to the field, she was inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing in 2019. Brian S. Carter, MD, FAAP, earned his bachelor of science in biology at David Lipscomb College and his medical doctorate from the University of Tennessee, College of Medicine--both with honors. He completed his residency in pediatrics at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center and his fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine at the University of Colorado--he is Board Certified in both. His scholarly interests have long included medical ethics and palliative care. Dr. Carter joined other early pediatric palliative care advocates and helped lead the way toward the integration of palliative care within the NICU and in the prenatal diagnostic clinics. His work has included decision-making in the NICU, incorporating parents into the care of their newborn, post-NICU follow-up, and the interdisciplinary team's role in neonatal-perinatal palliative care. He continues to practice neonatology, see patients in follow-up, teach, write, and speak. He has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and co-edited or co-authored three books. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and received honors from the AAP and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.
Drs. Limbo, Wool, and Carter [offer] well-articulated definitions, skills, and strategies based on sound evidence for providing this needed support in the perinatal and neonatal setting. . . . I applaud these editors and chapter authors in writing and bringing these materials together such that we are able to continue to change practice, so it is more holistic yet individualized to the unique needs of this baby and this family. - Jacqueline M. McGrath, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAAN Thelma and Joe Crow Endowed Professor, Vice Dean for Faculty Excellence, School of Nursing, University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio The Handbook of Perinatal and Neonatal Palliative Care is an extraordinarily comprehensive and well-written volume that should be read by every clinician caring for pregnant women and newborns. The case-oriented format of each chapter makes the volume readable and also useful as a resource in complex situations. The book spans all aspects of the clinical and compassionate care of patients, families, and caregivers. Written by experts from all clinical disciplines, including medical and surgical physicians, mental health professionals, nurses, therapists, and chaplains, it shows great respect for and gives voice to affected families and their babies. - Alan R. Fleischman, MD Professor of Pediatrics, Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health, Senior Associate, Center for Bioethics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Children's Hospital at Montefiore Bronx, New York