These are ways that you can make any birth method meaningful and really honor the life of your baby.
Mothers who experience pregnancy & infant loss are at risk of developing postpartum major depression. The risk of this depression is highest within the first six months after birth.
The mothers who are at greatest risk of becoming depressed are those who fail to show any signs of grief during the first two weeks after the birth (source).
Experiencing pregnancy & infant loss in a way that demonstrates the reality of your baby’s life, and death, is actually important to your postpartum health.
If you are giving birth to your very young baby at the hospital:
If you are giving birth to your very young baby at home:
If you are giving birth between approximately 20 weeks to about 30 weeks gestation:
31 weeks to full term (also includes all fatal diagnosis and micropreemie and when given extra time):
Twins & Multiples Birth Plan:
Subsequent Birth Plan:
Please, also visit our Additional Birth Education for all births
A thumbprint tree is a lovely way to include all of your loved ones,
or as a special family or sibling tree that includes your baby’s thumb print as well as surviving and subsequent siblings.
This tree is also available for free download from this source.