Wanted- tips on bathing stillborns, etc.... - page 2
Hi everyone. I was wondering if anyone has any tips on how to bathe stillborns. Many of the nurses I work with say there is really no way to bathe them espcially if the skin is already peeling. I... Read More
May 9, '08Occupation: RN Specialty: 19 year(s) of experience in Labor & Delivery ; Joined: Jun '02; Posts: 11; Likes: 2Our hospital uses the bereavement program guidelines from RTS-Resolve thru Sharing also. This program offers some great training and guidelines.
When it comes to bathing a stillborn, esp. those who are a bit macerated and have peeling skin, we bathe them with cotton balls (much gentler) and Baby shampoo so that they smell like "babies" and it can promote a more pleasant bonding experience.
We have a wonderful woman who comes to our hospital and helps our patients who are experiencing a fetal demise birth. She calls herself a "doula" for perinatal loss and she is wonderful with the patients and the babies. We are very blessed to have her. She volunteers her services, day or night. She uses a product from Crayola (the crayon-maker) that is called Model Magic. It is sort of a clay product that is very soft and pliable and she forms it into a little pattie of sorts and presses the fetus's feet into it.
She places the form in a little pressed cardboard box that is decorated pink or blue with ribbons and such and it dries within 24 hours. She gets them from a local craft store. The patient and family are advised not to press on it until it dries. It is such a nice presentation and such a welcomed keepsake memory for the patient who is experiencing the loss. heartbeat
May 21, '08Joined: Aug '07; Posts: 2,703; Likes: 3,675we put a little baby footprint outside the pts room so any staff entering the room knows the mother has lost the baby. I thought this may be a small part of the bereavement program you are starting. I really appreciate this so I do not ask the woman "did you have a boy or a girl"