When Your Baby Dies Resource

PROFESSIONAL RESOURCE

When Your Baby Dies website


Information and resources for bereaved parents about the option to bring your stillborn or deceased baby home.

This site was created to inform bereaved families and the family, friends and health professionals who support them of the option for families to bring their stillborn or deceased baby home for time with the family and/ or a home funeral.

Providing access to your options

Families all over the world used to be much more involved in caring for their dead, and delivering deceased babies at home or bringing them home from the hospital is still commonly practiced in some parts of the world. But in other parts of the world, the professionalization of birth and death, together with the modern Western culture of death denial has resulted in this option being pathologized as “weird”, and misinformation and fears about bringing deceased babies home have been perpetuated. Even though the option to bring your stillborn or deceased baby home is legal in almost all US states and most countries around the world, the option is often not offered to bereaved parents, so many bereaved parents aren’t aware that it’s a choice they could make.

The aim of this site is simply to provide frank, relevant, accessible, and medically correct information about the option to bring your stillborn or deceased baby home for family time and/or a home funeral, so that more bereaved parents and the families, friends and health professionals who support them are aware of this option and can make the decisions that feel right for them.

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