These are ways that you can make any birth method meaningful and really honor the life of your baby.
Mothers who experience pregnancy loss are at risk of developing postpartum major depression. The risk of this depression is highest within the first six months after delivery.
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 loss (source).
Experiencing pregnancy loss in a way that demonstrates the reality of your baby’s life, and death, is important to your postpartum health.
“The grave won’t hold my baby until after I do.” ~stillbirthday mother
If you are delivering your very young baby at the hospital:
If you are delivering your very young baby at home:
If your pregnancy has reached 20 weeks to about 30 weeks:
31 weeks to full term (also includes all fatal diagnosis and micropreemie and when given extra time):
Twins & Multiples Birth Plan: