Stillborn Babies are Remembered With Photographs

Suzanne Murray

stillborn babies remembered through photographsI cannot begin to imagine the incredible sadness and thousands of other emotions that go along with having a stillborn child. But according to Stillbirths: How a New Openness Helps Parents Cope, a touching and excellent article, it's something many families go through—still birth happens 10 times more often than SIDS.

Years ago, these babies were whisked away from their mothers and fathers and taken to morgues as if nothing had happened. But today, parents are encouraged to hold and bond with their babies, and many of them have professional portraits taken. "Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep," a group of more than 7,000 volunteer photographers across the globe take pictures of stillborn babies (and babies expected to die soon after birth) for their parents at no cost. The pictures help parents grieve, and cope with their loss. For more information, read the Newseek article or visit Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep.

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