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If your baby is stillborn, should you look at it?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
6 doctors agree

In brief: I encourage them to

The pregnancy creates the expectation and preparation for an outcome.
Many don't understand how mothers can cope with this event, and I have seen many different reactions over the years. I do encourage the parents to visualize and hold the baby.Without doing so, mom's can be haunted by what baby may have looked like, and have recurrent nightmares that include deformities and other imagined events.

In brief: I encourage them to

The pregnancy creates the expectation and preparation for an outcome.
Many don't understand how mothers can cope with this event, and I have seen many different reactions over the years. I do encourage the parents to visualize and hold the baby.Without doing so, mom's can be haunted by what baby may have looked like, and have recurrent nightmares that include deformities and other imagined events.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Edwin Schuller
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: No good answer

It's strictly an individualized decision.
How old is the baby. How "fragile" are the parents. It's strictly a personal decision.

In brief: No good answer

It's strictly an individualized decision.
How old is the baby. How "fragile" are the parents. It's strictly a personal decision.
Dr. Edwin Schuller
Dr. Edwin Schuller
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Dr. Barbara Toppin
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Depends

There is no right or wrong.
Some parents prefer to look at or hold their stillborn babies, others may not . It is up to the couple . Most hospitals have bereavement teams who will wrap the baby. For those who do not wish to or cannot cope with seeing the baby at that time they will take a photo for those who may want to see the baby when they are feeling better.

In brief: Depends

There is no right or wrong.
Some parents prefer to look at or hold their stillborn babies, others may not . It is up to the couple . Most hospitals have bereavement teams who will wrap the baby. For those who do not wish to or cannot cope with seeing the baby at that time they will take a photo for those who may want to see the baby when they are feeling better.
Dr. Barbara Toppin
Dr. Barbara Toppin
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