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|And on a practical note, the person to call if there is a newborn death would be the coroner? (Assuming there is no saving the baby)|
mom to dd-99, dd-01, dd-born still@40w 7/04, ds-05, dd-08, dd-10, dd-13
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Originally Posted by kynd mama
Len- your son is BEAUTIFUL!!
I thought I would reply, since I think I have a starkly different opinion...
If my baby dies during birth, or before, I would do my own ceremony of closure with my family. I would *not* hand my child over to some "authority" to handle at all. I am doing UP, therefore, no one "of authority" knows about my child. I would find a private place on some land to return my child to the earth. Above and beyond the horrid thought of losing my precious babe, I abhor the thought of another human touching my perfect child. If death was not certain, then all measures to protect life would be chosen, without pause.
I have had miscarriages and saved tiny tiny little bodies. I have witnessed my own mother's passing, and the circus that ensued afterwards. The differences are stunning. Life, and death, need to be respected, remembered, and revered. Not handled with paperwork and legalities. (of course, I am only referring to natural deaths)
Sure, I suppose if "someone" found out that I had lost my child, there may be legal problems for me. But you know what, I've already accepted those responsibilities by not handing my body and baby over during conception, gestation, or birth.
I am so glad to see this topic discussed amongst the UC community. It is such an awesome power to claim one's path, yet often times the ones of us who (for whatever reason) experiences the "darker" side of UC are isolated and we rarely hear from that mama again. It is a shame. We MUST accept and be aware of all aspects of life if we are to choose full awareness of them.
Be well mamas, hug those babes!!!
There are still people (homebirthers only) who want to know what did I do wrong & maybe if I believed more in myself it wouldn`t have happened. The fact is death and birth are not that far away from each other.
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