Appendix C

Clinical Photographs of Stillborns

Photographs of the stillborn are essential in the documentation of both normality and abnormality in conjunction with a descriptive physical examination. High-quality medical photographs are preferred; however, polaroid pictures are better than no pictures at all. These photographs should be taken in addition to bereavement photographs.

Photographs should include:

  • AP View – whole body frontal including limbs
  • PA View – whole body back including limbs
  • Lateral view(s) of the face
  • Frontal View – close up of face
  • Photos of any abnormalities

Note: Photographs and radiographic studies should only be taken if consent has been received from the parent(s). The discussion around performing these studies should be documented on the patient care record.