Safe Passage

BNA’s Safe Passage Project has been selected as one of the twenty-four semi-finalists in the OSV Challenge Competition!  The OSV Challenge seeks to support Catholic innovation by bringing new projects into existence or accelerating or widening the scope of ongoing projects.

This annual competition began earlier this year when over 600 individuals and organizations submitted Phase 1 applications, and will end on September 18th when three winners are chosen in Houston, TX.  Each semi-finalist has been awarded $10,000 with which to begin work on their project proposals, and the three winning projects will each receive an additional $100,000 in grant money.

Thank you to the OSV Institute for your recognition of BNA’s important work supporting parents carrying to term following a prenatal diagnosis and our Safe Passage Project!

What is the Safe Passage Project?

The Safe Passage Project reflects BNA’s on-going commitment to making certain that parents experiencing a prenatal diagnosis find comprehensive, trauma-informed and life-affirming care at diagnosis no matter where they live in the U.S.  Our proposal would fund the design and creation of a comprehensive case management manual and training program to facilitate replication of BNA’s successful case management service model.  It would also provide for development and execution of a marketing plan to attract and nurture a national network of providers.

What is unique about the BNA model of care?

The BNA model of care and the proposed Safe Passage training are unique in several ways. First and foremost, the BNA model of care provides comprehensive case management rooted in Catholic bioethics and pastoral care. As a result, the BNA Safe Passage service training would offer the only life prolife training and the only Catholic service model training available for organizations interested in developing programming for parents experiencing the crisis of a prenatal diagnosis.

In addition, the BNA model is unique as it focuses on the prenatal diagnosis as the traumatic event. Other models addressing the needs of parents experiencing a prenatal diagnosis focus on the likelihood of infant loss at birth as the crisis around which service provision is developed. Because the BNA model does not, BNA supports parents without regard to the prognosis provided for baby at birth, and/or the treatment options parents intend for baby.

Finally, the BNA Safe Passage service training would offer the most cost-effective service option for organizations considering service development because it does not rely on medical professionals such as nurses for service provision.

What inspired the project name?

The inspiration for the name comes from the Gospel story when Jesus quiets the storm (Mark 4:35-40) and reflects BNA’s commitment to support parents through the crisis of a prenatal diagnosis to delivery and whatever lies beyond.

Safe passage should be assured to every parent experiencing the crisis of a prenatal diagnosis, and to every baby given a prenatal diagnosis.

BNA’s case management model of care provides…

Connection for the parents and community for their unborn baby recognizing their unique relationship with their child,

On-going assurance of the beauty and dignity of that child’s life both before birth and after while informing parents regarding realistic options for goals and care for their baby,

Collaborative relationships with parents that seek both to address the trauma and grief of the diagnosis and to prepare them with practical guidance, education, referrals and support for the birth and whatever lies beyond,

And an active witness of God’s faithfulness in difficult circumstances with the development of a personalized plan of care.

This comprehensive support offers parents peace in the storm of a prenatal diagnosis and provides safe passage during the unfamiliar journey that follows the decision to carry to term.

What do parents think about the BNA model of care?

96% of the parents supported by BNA considered the model of care important to their personal well-being in the experience of carrying to term following a prenatal diagnosis.  Similarly, 96% indicated that the BNA model of care had a positive impact on their communications and relationships with their medical providers.

All parents surveyed indicated that the support provided by BNA was not otherwise available to them, and 100% said they would refer other parents to BNA.

Are you interested in more information, supporting the Safe Passage Project or partnering with BNA as a service provider?

Please leave a message and your contact information for our OSV Challenge Point of Contact, Tracy Winsor, by filling out the form below.

Thank you to the OSV Institute for your recognition of BNA’s important work supporting parents carrying to term following a prenatal diagnosis and our Safe Passage Project!

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