After the Birth

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The following may provide support immediately after the birth of your baby, or if your baby died shortly after birth (called neonatal death):

~Birth Plans

Real, printable birth plans for every kind of loss, including bonding with your baby, how to bathe a stillborn baby, and more.

 

~Get support around you:

 

~Immediate Postpartum:

The Welcoming:

M0m-Specific:

Baby & Family Specific:

 

The Farewell:

  • deciding between your farewell options during labor or immediately postpartum can feel jarring and traumatic.  Having a supportive team who has relationships within the community and who speak with validating language is important.
  • one of the hardest experiences for the family is the actual time the baby’s physical form is carried away by a provider affiliated with the farewell: this could be a nurse bringing the baby to the hospital morgue, or a funeral home staff member placing baby in a box, or the couple leaving the birthing room with the baby’s physical form still there.  Being aware of this is the only way to even begin to soften such trauma.  Having the option to hold one of the blankets that once touched baby, or clothing that has, or a teddy bear, may be a way to brave through such an impossible transition.

You might plan ahead and look at the information for After the Birth, including planning your Farewell Celebrations (resources, laws, and information for ways to say goodbye).

 

Farewell Celebrations (resources, laws, and information for ways to say goodbye, keepsakes, jewelry and more)

Read stories from others (and share yours) – just visit the right sidebar, and see them labeled by week and by additional circumstances.

 

The following might provide long term support after the birth of your baby.

 

Farewell Celebrations (resources, laws, and information for ways to say goodbye, keepsakes, jewelry and more)

More:

Get involved and visit our additional resources, including our Connections, Sharing Your Story, Stillbirthday Cakes, and more.

Read stories from others (and share yours) – just visit the right sidebar, and see them labeled by week and by additional circumstances.