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After Your Stillbirth

Care of Your Baby

Each family has unique wishes and requests for the care of their baby after a loss. Your healthcare team will work with you to support what is important to you. Their goal is to respect, recognize, and support your cultural beliefs, values, and practices.

Choosing a name for your baby can help your baby become ‘real’ for yourself, your friends, and family. Let the staff know your baby’s name if you do choose one.

There are some care decisions that will need to be made after a stillbirth. These will include:

  • whether or not to have an autopsy
  • deciding if you wish to take your baby home for a period of time before the burial or cremation
  • deciding on a burial or cremation

Ask your health provider about memorial services and programs in your local area. In some hospitals bereavement or memorial services for stillborn babies may be offered.

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