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What do people do if they have a miscarrage at 5 months? what happens with the baby?

Do they make you have a funeral and everything for it? are you required to post it in the news paper


Asked by lilma0608 at 1:34 AM on Jan. 31, 2011 in Pregnancy

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  • It depends on your state. I know in some states after 20 weeks you have to have a funeral or cremate the body of the infant. In other states it's 27 weeks.

    My sister had twins still born (technically still a miscarriage) at 18 weeks and they were burried in an infant area of a cemetary. They were burried together in a little tiny coffin and have a head stone.

    And NO you are NOT required to post it in the newspaper at all! You CAN keep it private!

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:41 AM on Jan. 31, 2011

  • My brother & SIL miscarried at about 17 weeks. They really weren't supposed to keep the baby, but they wanted to bury her. They got a little coffin through the hospital (the kind usually provided for stillborns), took her home, had a private little "ceremony" with immediate family & their pastor, and buried her in the cemetary (SIL's parents have plots, SIL & bro don't know where they'll get theirs, so when they buy their own they'll move the baby and get a small headstone). The did not put any announcements anywhere.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:44 AM on Jan. 31, 2011

  • You can try to have the baby naturally or have a D&C that removes the baby. Sometimes your body will not go into labor at that stage.

    Answer by Melbornj at 1:36 AM on Jan. 31, 2011

  • You are never required to post anything in the newspaper you can choose not to even for regular funerals. After 24 weeks then you have to have a funeral, but even those can be up to your discression and can be as minimal as you choose. By funeral I mean burial or cremation services. There need be no ceremony if you are grieving and choose not to have one.

    Answer by Punkslilncs at 7:17 AM on Jan. 31, 2011

  • You are never required to put it in the paper. A funeral is optional. Some families find it extremely helpful for emotional healing to have a formal ceremony, though usually they limit it to just the people closest to them. You can have a funeral for a baby lost at 14 weeks and removed via D&C. Most women don't, but you can if that helps you.

    Answer by fancyjane at 9:55 AM on Jan. 31, 2011