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Stillbirth - Information


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Sep 10, 2004
When a baby is already dead when it is born this is known as a stillbirth. Reasons for a stillbirth are complex and not always understood. The hours and days after the death of a baby will leave you feeling overwhelmed and shocked. There are choices that you can make about your baby by yourselves that you should be aware of. There are also some decisions you have to make and some things that you are obliged to do. For example registering your baby's stillbirth. Bereavement counsellors in the hospital will guide you about what to do next.


*** Other information and support -
http://www.uk-sands.org/ - Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society-
helpline: 020 7436 5881 10 am to 5 pm, which offers advice and support to recently bereaved parents.
For added information - with any death before during or after birth - you are allowed to spend time with your baby if that is what you wish to do. If you child is at a stage in gestation where he/she is fully formed you are well within your rights as a parent to have photographs taken, a lock of hair, foot and hand print, if you wish you can have photo's taken as a family (i.e grandparents and siblings etc...) This may sound strange but it can help with the greiving if you are able to confirm your child as part of your family and family photo's will help this memory process. It can also help your children to understand what is happening.

Although some stillbirths are before a period in which the baby may be considered legally born (depends on gestation) some hospitals do provide a document similar to a birth certificate that you can keep and they will not do anything without your consent (legal implications)