Denise Cote-Arsenault

Edinburgh Napier University Scholar Award, Napier Edinburgh University - Nursing

I have recently moved to St. Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri where I am Endowed Professor of Maternal Child Nursing. I have been in academia for over 30 years and care deeply about the care of pregnant mothers and new-borns, and particularly when pregnancy ends suddenly in the death of the baby. I am really looking forward to extending my research about parent experiences of pregnancy loss by being in Edinburgh to learn about perinatal bereavement care and through conducting an ethnographic study. My desire to be a Fulbrighter stems, I believe, from my father having a Fulbright in Munich when I was 5 years old. We lived there for a full year. That experience instilled in me a desire to travel and to experience other cultures. I enjoy working with international graduate students, learning from them about nursing in their own countries. My architect husband is able to be in Edinburgh during my 3 months there. We will explore Scotland’s history, architecture and hike through many of its beautiful sites. Urban living in Edinburgh will provide a wonderful immersion into Scottish life and people. The faculty at Napier Edinburgh University will be wonderful mentors and informants as well.