Physical care of the deceased baby

Vulnerable babies (born prematurely or macerated)

Do not place the baby on a fabric surface, e.g. a hydrophilic cloth/wrapping cloth. This sticks to the fragile skin and you often can’t get the cloths off without damaging the baby (even more). Use the backing/plastic side of a cellulose mat. It does not stick to the baby and is easy to change.

Do not dress the baby or put a hat on him.
Again, clothes and hats stick to the body, get dirty and go
smell and can no longer be changed.

Lubricate the baby all over with (a lot!) of baby oil. This ensures that the baby will leak and stick less. When the baby oil has been absorbed well, you can carefully remove skin grease with a soft cloth in gentle circular movements and you can often dress/wrap the baby afterwards.

If the baby is severely macerated, it helps to dab the maceration areas with a soft cloth (hydrophilic cloth) with thin bleach. You burn the spots shut, as it were, through the bleach so that they no longer stick and leak and the baby could be dressed.
The smell of the bleach evaporates after a while, but you can also mask it by rubbing the baby with baby oil afterwards.
View the work instruction here.

Lubricate the baby’s tabs with petroleum jelly as soon as possible after birth. This prevents dehydration and therefore (black) discoloration of the lips. You can also use Flex for this, which is available through Omega Supplies.

Do not bathe the baby. This damages the fragile skin and causes additional damage and dryness.

Step the water method: www.watermethode.nl

Less vulnerable babies (from about 25 weeks and not macerated)

You can bathe the baby.

Rub in/massage
with baby oil
. Especially mothers who have an emergency section
find this very nice because they have first contact with their baby
have had to miss.

Comb hairs and cut off a few hairs.

Get dressed/put on a hat.


Read more about physical care in this reference book that accompanies the Masterclass of Babyverlies.nl. For more information about these trainings, please email Hiske Kuilman.