Please look at these options and make decisions on which of these mementos you would like to create and keep after delivery. Write it in a plan or print out our birth plan and check the options off that you choose.
- An outline of the baby on paper
- The tape measure that measured your baby
- A lock of hair
- Hospital bracelet
- Head cap
- Name card
- Clay imprints
- Plaster form of an arm or leg
Handling of Second Trimester Babies
The handling and burial of a miscarried or stillborn baby often brings with it some special challenges. The baby’s skeletal system is not fully developed, and so the baby may not retain his/her natural form after birth. The baby’s body is very fragile, and the skin may be sticky to the touch.
If still in the womb, the baby would be peacefully floating in his/her own amniotic fluid. The baby’s skin and body were meant to be in amniotic fluid at this stage of pregnancy and not exposed to the air. Over time, the baby may “dry out” once exposed to the air and lose its beautiful appearance at birth.
At Heaven’s Gain Ministries, we recommend the Saline Bath Preservation Technique for your deceased baby. This requires a vessel. Our vessels allow the baby to be suspended in the natural state of water as nature intended, as opposed to being completely exposed. The use of the vessel filled with water gives the body of the baby a womb-like environment. We recommend a saline solution 0.9% saline or 0.9% contact solution, to “preserve” the baby by slowing down the deterioration process by using this natural preservative. We also recommend that families place the baby in a cold not frozen place when not viewing the baby to slow the deterioration also. These techniques can be used for a couple to a few days until burial.
Often times a miscarried baby does not look exactly as expected from the baby development pictures. When placed in a vessel with saline water, babies usually return to his/her naturally beautiful state for that stage in pregnancy.
This change in appearance allows other children and family members to view the baby while keeping the baby’s body safe. Also, the clear vessel provides a wonderful opportunity to take beautiful pictures.
Placing your baby in the womb-like environment of the vessel, and wrapping the bottle with a blanket allows family members to cuddle and rock the baby without worrying about skin breakdown.
You may want to find or order a vessel prior to hospitalization.