Hi! I am so happy to be part of the Empty Arms family! My name is Megan Mayo and I am the newest member of the Empty Arms Board. I’ve been married for 17 years to my husband, Lou, and we have 2 great kiddos, Zachary (14) and Stefania (10). I am a Registered Nurse and have spent my entire nursing career at Holyoke Medical Center. Since 1999, I’ve worked in The Birthing Center as a staff nurse and Childbirth Educator. I love caring for women and families and working in a community hospital allows me to give some extra TLC.
Most of the time, when people hear where I work and what my job is, they respond with: “Oh, what a happy place to work!” or “You get to hold babies all day!” As we all know, that is not always the case. I do care for families at the happiest of times but I am also there at the darkest. Out of my work with the families that I have cared for, grew my passion for improving perinatal bereavement care. I knew there had to be more that we could be doing for families experiencing loss at Holyoke Medical Center. I’ve been chair of the Birthing Center’s Perinatal Bereavement Committee since 2007 and our main goal is for woman to receive the same compassionate care no matter where they are cared for throughout the hospital system. We are continually evaluating our progress, working on educating staff in all departments, and making changes as we go. It’s a work in progress but I am proud of what we have accomplished so far!
I think it was 2008 when I met Carol. A mailing from Empty Arms arrived at work and I called the number. That was the beginning of a beautiful collaboration! It felt good to have such an awesome support for these grieving families and for the staff that care for them! Since then, Carol has helped with staff trainings at my hospital, brought the Peer Companion Program to HMC, we attended The International Perinatal Bereavement Conference in San Antonio, TX, and here I am on the board☺
I became a Perinatal Bereavement Coordinator through Resolve Through Sharing, am a member of the Pregnancy Loss and Infant Death Alliance (PLIDA), and this Spring I hope to become officially certified in perinatal bereavement care (CPLC). So, while I am not a bereaved parent myself, my heart is in this work. I look forward to being an active member of the Empty Arms Community☺