Photographs

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. —Genesis 1:27

It can be worrisome thinking about retrieving your baby for burial. One of the problems is knowing what you’re looking for. If your baby is sixteen weeks gestation then there’s no problem recognizing him. It’s a different story if you’re six weeks. Looking on the internet for photographs to aid you is a sticky business because you’re likely to come across things you’d rather not have seen. Initially I culled the internet for some photographs of babies at each week gestation, but since then women have volunteered photos of their children for me to replace the “stock photos”. I have included sizes if the baby is not in a recognizable context, such as in a parent’s hand. A heartfelt “thank you” to all of the women who have graciously allowed me to post photographs of their babies. [If you have natural photographs of your baby and would be willing to include them on this page, I would be grateful to hear from you.] If the baby also has a story on the Your Stories page it is noted.

[NOTE ABOUT COMMENTS: As of December 2016 I can no longer access comments directly on the Photographs page. Some problem with Blogger kicked in after we reached the (apparently magical) number of 200 comments. So I’m just letting everyone know that until the bug is worked out I can’t respond to comments on that page. If you’re in need of a response, you can email me at lostinnocentsorthodox (at) gmail (dot) com.]

[Important note on recognizing the baby: Depending on how long it has been since the baby died, you may notice that the baby is smaller than you would expect for the age he/she was at death. Their size shrinks over time and so a baby who grew for eight weeks may only appear to be six to seven weeks at the time of delivery (or if another ultrasound is performed). This can be confusing to you. If, in fact, your baby died at six weeks but it is another few weeks before you deliver, you may not be able to see anything at all by the time you complete the miscarriage. Don’t feel that your baby never existed. As difficult as it is to experience, if you were pregnant, then you had a baby and you are that baby’s parent forever. 

In addition, depending on the time elapsed between death and delivery, you may see something different in terms of the sac. Usually the amount of amniotic fluid decreases over time so depending on how much there was to start with, you may or may not see a nice, full “bubble”. In addition (and this is important), the uterus will form a clot around the sac/baby as time goes on. This means that you may deliver the baby in the sac very obviously, or you may deliver a sac with a clot attached, or you may deliver what appears to be a large clot or placenta but which is actually the sac enclosed in a clot. Especially if you feel as though you are completing the miscarriage but haven’t seen the sac, check inside the large clots. This sounds gross, but it will feel a little different when you are looking for your baby. The clot will be on the sac, not the baby (all things being equal) so you will still be able to remove the baby from the sac if you so desire. When my first son was born his sac had a large clot attached. It covered about 1/3 of the surface. When my second son was born there was no clot attached at all.]

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Four Weeks (Four weeks gestation is counting from your last menstrual period and is about the earliest most people realize they’re pregnant. All dates are given from LMP.)

At this stage you may not recognize the baby for what it is. You may see a very small whitish or greyish piece of tissue, possibly with a cord attached, probably in a small fluid-filled sac. You will also probably have heavy bleeding with clots. It can be difficult to retrieve the baby at this stage. I suggest just retrieving the sac for burial if you wish.

Four Weeks: 1/8 inch long (source)

  

           T’s baby daughter (4 weeks, 2 days)

As mentioned above, you will probably be able to identify only the sac, and even that may be difficult to identify as it can pass very easily without your notice.



Five Weeks

            Sara’s baby, Simsim, approximately five weeks

A very generous reader has shared photographs of her miscarried baby. Sara was about five weeks when she began cramping and bleeding. The next day she passed a small amount of tissue which her doctor had told her would be the baby. Since most people who miscarry will do so by six weeks it is very helpful to have photographs such as these.

 

What you are seeing is not only the baby, but the umbilical cord as well.





            Sandra’s baby (a ‘blighted ovum’) delivered sac and placenta but baby not visible
[story]

           
          

            A’s baby (5 weeks, 1 day; delivered at 11 weeks, 2 days)

Note that A’s baby was delivered a full six weeks after she miscarried. By this point, and considering how early the baby died, it would be extremely difficult to identify the baby, etc.


(shown with Sudafed tablet for scale0

           My baby, Demetrius (5 weeks, 5 days; delivered at 9 weeks)

The substantial white “tail” is actually the umbilical cord.

 

And the photograph below is a textbook photo so you can see the detail:

Five weeks, 2 days: (source)

 

Six Weeks

            Jennifer’s baby, Journey (approximately 6 weeks, miscarried at 10 weeks)

Notice the similarity to Sara’s baby Simsim, pictured above at about 5 weeks. Journey is still in the sac and attached to the placenta. I am assuming that the placenta kept growing for a while after the baby stopped developing, explaining the size.

And the photograph below is a textbook photo so you can see the detail:
approximately 0.5 cm (source)

            Thea’s twins: The Ehlowa Twins (6 weeks, delivered at 10.5 weeks) [story]

“After ripping open the gestational sac the two amniotic sacs came into better view.  The sacs were very close together before I spread them apart to take the photo.  The tiny babies are inside the sacs, one just above the 10 and 1/4 inch mark and the other just above the 11 inch mark.”
“Here are the amniotic sacs after I freed them from the gestational sac/placenta.”

 

[There are a few more photos on the Actual Process page that show the large clot containing the sacs before and after Thea opened it.]

 

Seven Weeks

            Sara’s baby (7 weeks, 2 days)

 

            Amber’s baby: “Our Angel Baby” (7 weeks, 4 days, delivered at 11 weeks, 5 days) [story]

(This baby looks developmentally closer to 6 weeks than 7.5 weeks.)

           Zara’s baby: Joey (between 6 and 8 weeks)

There is confusion surrounding the actual age of Joey. At 8 weeks he measured 5 weeks, 6 days and was delivered at 10 weeks 5 days. However, while developmentally he looks 6 weeks gestation, he is much bigger in size.

            Evon’s baby: Daniel (between 7 and 8 weeks)
(labeling provided by Evon)
            Mary’s baby, Riley Jae (7 weeks, 5 days; delivered at 10 weeks)
“My baby Riley Jae  was sent to us by God. God came to me in a dream the night after Riley Jae was born. His heart stopped at 7w 5d. he was born at 10 weeks.  He is now our Angel in heaven. God came and say, Riley was given to you for 3 purposes. 1-to help those who see my creations as “Tissue” to open their eyes to the true being. 2-to help grieving parents of early loss who never got to say goodbye, and to show those who will/are going through losing a child what they could expect. 3- to show “God” is real, and to spread the amazing creation’s you all came to be, through me. Please share Riley’s Photo to everyone you know. Please spread the word, please help fill Riley’s purpose of being given to us, to the world. November 23rd 2014.”

 

            Melissa’s baby, “Baby” (7 weeks, 6 days; delivered at 12 weeks) [story]
(Labeling provided by Melissa)
       Leonie’s baby (7 weeks, 5 days) [story]
1.5 cm long

Eight Weeks

            Bethany’s baby, Blessing

 

            Lisanne’s baby, Shiloh Rune [Story]

Shiloh is in the middle of the photograph inside the sac, right on the edge.
Next to the sac

 

            Sarah’s baby, Grace (8 weeks, born at 9 weeks, 1 day)


           

            Adalia’s baby, Malachi “Flipper” (8 weeks, 3 days, born at 12 weeks)

            Molli’s baby, George Charles Brown (8 weeks, 4 days) [story]
         
     
            Amber’s baby, Rowan (8 weeks, 5 days)
                    Rowan’s twin died at 6 weeks, and Rowan died at 8 weeks, 5 days. This was discovered                        at 9 weeks, 2 days. 



Nine Weeks 

            Brittany’s baby, Sprout (9 weeks, 1 day) [story]

             

            Valerie’s baby, Little One (9 weeks, 4 days) [story]

 

            Candy’s baby, Kendall (9 weeks, 5 days) [story]

Ten Weeks 

            Shelley’s baby, Mason

 

            Ivy’s baby, Bliss
                    Baby Bliss died at 10 weeks (per ultrasound) and was born 4 weeks later at home.
                    The baby was in the sac inside this clot (which also contains at least a portion of the 
                    placenta). 
           
            Tabitha’s baby Angel
                    Baby Angel died at approximately 10 weeks and was born spontaneously at 10 weeks 4 
                    days. Tabitha delivered him in the sac in the hospital while giving a urine sample. She 
                    cut the cord and opened the sac herself and used her clothing for a blanket for him.

 

       

 

            Hayley’s baby, Joey (between 9 and 10 weeks)
                              Joey died between 9 and 10 weeks and was miscarried naturally at 12 weeks, 
                              outside the sac.

               

            Jillian’s baby, Ever Elliot (10 weeks) [story]


    
                    Eve’s baby, Dani (10 weeks, 3 days) [story]

        

            Rebecca’s baby: August (10 weeks, 4 days)
           
            Inga’s baby: Angel (10 weeks, 4 days) [story]

Eleven Weeks

            My baby, Gabriel (He died at 10 weeks, 6 days)
Still in the sac
In the sac, but after most of the amniotic fluid had been released
Just out of the sac
You can see details better when tiny babies are in water.
(slight distortion from the glass jar wall)
Perfect feet with all tiny toes.

 Faith’s baby, John David (10 weeks, 6 days) [story]

         

 

            Xochitl’s baby, Angel (11 weeks, 5 days) [story]

          

 

            Crystal’s baby, Amos (11 weeks, 5 days; delivered at 14 weeks, 1 day)

          

 

         Lynn’s baby, Lucia Libby (11 weeks, 5 days, delivered around 14 weeks) [story]

Lucia Libby 2 - WM

Lucia Libby 1 - WM

 

            Eliane’s baby, Noah

(Noah looks closer to 13 weeks leading me to think that he was 11 weeks from conception, not LMP)

Twelve Weeks

            Lori’s twin babies, Ethan (11 weeks, 3 days) and Jonathan (12 weeks, 3 days) [story]

           
            My baby, Andrew [story]. He was 13 weeks but appeared closer to 12.
9 cm, 1 ounce

            My baby, Innocent [story]. He was 12 weeks 5 days.

 Thirteen Weeks

            Amanda’s baby, Rowan
approximately 7 cm

            Amelia’s baby, Isaiah

 

Fourteen Weeks

            Dawn’s baby, David (reported to have died at 14 weeks, delivered at 16 weeks, but much larger than the typical 14 week baby)

Fifteen Weeks

            Amelia’s baby, Micah

(Micah’s legs are resting on his belly; you can see the stump of his cord in the middle.)

 

Sixteen Weeks

            Diana’s baby, Owen (16 weeks, 3 days)

 

            Jennifer’s baby, Ava May (approx 16weeks but may be younger)

4.5 in or 12 cm
A view of Ava still in the sac with the placenta behind.

Seventeen Weeks 

            Morgan’s baby, Emerson (17 weeks, 3 days): “Induced after we found out his heart had stopped within the previous 24 hours. He was born with his cord wrapped three times around his neck.”

160g (5.6 oz) , roughly 9″ long

            Jamie’s baby, Gabriel (17 weeks, 4 days)

[I do not have permission to post these pictures, but there is a lovely series of photographs of Gene and Melodie’s son, Caleb at this link. They have graciously allowed me to link back to them.]

 

Eighteen Weeks

            Diana’s baby, Sophia (17 weeks, 5 days)

            Natasha’s baby, Jeremiah

Nineteen Weeks

               Amanda’s baby, Levi

                Lexi’s baby, Walter

(more photos of Walter here)


Twenty-One Weeks

         Makayla’s baby, Joshua (21 weeks, 3 days) [story]

 

Twenty-Four Weeks

               Brittany’s baby, Marshall (24 weeks)

 

Thirty Weeks

            Melissa’s baby, Calypso (29 weeks, 5 days) (Note: Calypso was born alive and lived for 23 days before entering Heaven.)

13 inches, 3 lbs, 1.9 oz

 

Thirty-three Weeks

            Trish’s baby, Evelyn [story]

 

 

Thirty-six Weeks

            Dawn’s baby, Hannah Grace

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**Please note that these photographs are of people’s children, no matter how small. If you wish to use one of these photos for any reason, please contact me or the originator of the photograph (always linked) before you do. I have had many requests to repost photos of Innocent and others and I have usually given permission if they are not used in an exploitative way or for someone’s profit. But do please ask first because it can cause a lot of pain for a parent to come across their child’s photo when they are not prepared for it. In addition, I unfortunately have had to add watermarks. This does not mean that I am claiming that I personally took all of these photos. This is saying that all of the photographs on this site have been used with permission (usually at the request of the parent) and I don’t want them to be stolen and used for any other purpose. Thank you.**

Here are some sites that have parent-submitted photographs of still-born and miscarried babies. The majority are later gestation but there are a few earlier gestation. These sites generally feature portrait type photographs.

Missing Angel Foundation (This site is primarily of later gestation to full-term babies.)
Stillborn Angels (This site has a few more early gestation babies.)
Stillbirthday (This page has been recently created and has babies classified by gestational age, similar to this page)

[Additional note: There are frequent visitors from pages containing arguments that an X week baby does not look like a baby (and therefore is fine to kill). Look at this logically: We all start from two cells. How can two cells look like a three month old? Those cells divide and divide etc. and eventually you can see the beginning of eyes and arm and leg buds (not to mention the complex workings inside). The ad hominem argument that is most frequently used is this: “Such and such model of a tiny baby doesn’t look exactly like the real thing therefore all pre-born babies are fine to kill.” Because the nose on a silicone model, used to give people the idea of what a baby at X weeks looks like, is slightly more prominent than on the actual baby doesn’t mean the entire model is a figment of someone’s imagination. If anyone has any doubt about what an 8 or 10 or 12 week baby looks like, you need only look at the photographs above. If you’re trying to convey this information to someone else, I ask that you please do not copy the photograph, just link back to this page. Thank you.]

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213 thoughts on “Photographs

  1. Anonymous

    My little one, Lillian Hope, passed away at around 7 weeks. My miscarriage started a week later, Thanksgiving morning. Three days later, she still hasn't been “born”, but these photos were helpful of me for what I may see once she comes out. I only knew she existed for 3 1/2 weeks, but she was my world. Mommy and Daddy love you so much, Lilly.

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  2. katrina

    This one also was a surprise!
    I really wanted a 5th but my husband thought 4 was good.
    I got pregnant the day I expected my period to arrive.
    I had nasty cramps etc and was sure it was on its way, but no, i ended up pregnant, even though I would normally have a 28 day cycle, it was obviously not back to normal yet, being only the 2nd period back, at 15 mths after my last baby.
    So to get such a lovely surprise, only for it to end like this was so sad.

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  3. Anonymous

    I was 14 wks pregnant so had my doctor appointment and my baby had no heart rate it was measuring 12wks and 5 days I feel so sad trying to understand why this was happing to me and they schedule an appointment so I can had a d&c surgery the doctor told that was better for me and it was no point to put me in danger in inducing me if the baby had no heart rate so ask her are you going to be able to get my baby full body and she said yes so my husband told that is the better choice for me I never hear nothing about that surgery so I was agree so the day came and I ask for my baby that I wanted to see and my baby was in pieces that break my heart I feel so guilty by choosing that procedure but she never mention that I get the body in that way I cry each day because I did want to see my baby like that it breaks my heart.

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  4. Unknown

    Hi there I can really symperthise with you all I've had 9 miscarriages in 15 months the longest pregnancy was 3 months 2 days with twins and I lost them on Christmas eve 2015 I am still heartbroken and I also lost a daughter when she was 3 months old with breathing problems in 2001 she would be 17 this coming April 21st miss lilly miss the twins and I feel all your pain its hard to deal with the loss of a child its absolutely excutiating pain but we will all get through this hope you are all ok xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  5. Anonymous

    When I look at my almost 8 month daughter, it breaks me heart to think of all the babies who were not given the chance to be born and grow like she has. She was the same beautiful baby she is now when she was just half an inch long. She simply hadn't grown in size yet! Something interesting to think is if I present people with my gorgeous happy baby and ask them if she has a right to live. Obviously they say yes. Then say, now that you see the life and personality and humanity she clearly possesses, if I were to go back in time to my early pregnancy with her, would you consider it okay to have her aborted? Anyone with a heart would see how sad it is! Thank you for keeping this blog. May I share a link to this page? ��

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  6. Anonymous

    I also lost my very first child around 4 weeks he/she would be 17 toke me two years after to become pregnant for my first child and now I have 4 and just recently miss carried again what they call a chemical pregnancy..I was maybe 2 and half 3 weeks and it's killing me inside I'm now 32 and want more children. I felt my baby inside me I guess with being pregnant before and having 4 pregnancy text coming out positive. The minute I was lost the baby I knew I began to hurt very bad and started having pink with blood polka dot blood spots ..the pain of losing another child Is unbearable.. February 13th I started to miss carry my baby and I'm still bleeding..I would never wish this on my worst enemy!! One of my very good friends recently lost her baby too at 5 weeks both of us together in a matter of 3 weeks losing our baby's .. it's just horrible. I pray that all the women on this site and will be blessed with children again and go full term..

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  7. Anonymous

    Both my grandaughters told me their exciting news they fell pregnant at the same time, but last month Chloe went for her 1st scan but found to be no heartbeat, Jade my eldest grandaughter went for her scan a few days ago to be told the babies skull hasn't formed, i am totally heartbroken for both of them to go through this awful thing, she has to go into hospital tomorrow to terminate the pregnancy, they said the baby won't live to full term & even if it does would only live maybe minutes after birth, it is soul destroying, both babies are being cremated next week, we was all so thrilled to be welcoming these new babies into our families, now it feels like we are bereaved yet never met them, i am trying to say the right things but not a lot anyone can say, i just hope she is strong enough to get through tomorrow ok, i know she feels like she is killing her baby, so terribly sad, thanks for reading. Lynn.

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  8. sarmakala

    I am 38, and 14 weeks pregnant with my 7th child. It's my 10th pregnancy. I was married for 16 years and had 4 children with my first husband. The week we separated, I took a pregnancy test that was positive, but my period started immediately after. I searched and searched, but never saw the tissue. I cried in double loss as our marriage and that baby ended at the same time.
    I had another miscarriage at 17 weeks later that year. Patrick was so beautiful, and was alive when he was born, but too underdeveloped to survive. My 4 older children surrounded me to say goodbye to him and we buried him wrapped in a cloth baby wipe with little mementos from each of us.
    A couple of years later, I had another miscarriage at 7 weeks. My now husband and I started off on rocky footing, but that miscarriage led to a bond that has lasted through much testing. We have had 2 babies in 3 years and this pregnancy.
    I wish I didn't know the pain, but one positive thing is that I can relate to others who have lost their babies. Garth Brooks' song “The Dance” is what I think of.

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  9. Kim

    All these little angels are now in heaven no doubt. This is a wonderful site with so many strong women sharing their grievances. So beautiful. Bless you all and my prayers go out to all these lost angels.

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  10. Gina Gargollo

    Hi! I'm planning on making a blog post (or even a video) in spanish about miscarriage for those moms who can't speak english, so we can guide them about what to do. I was wondering how could I share some of this pictures without ingringing any copyright. I'll gladly give any necessary credits and be ultra respectful with your preferences.

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  11. Kim

    All the babies seen in this site are beautiful angels. I'm so sorry for all your losses and am in awe at how strong you all are. I visited this site to prepare me for what can happen since I'm considered high risk pregnancy due to my age. You are all so brave and strong. Thank you for sharing.

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  12. Bharti Pawar

    My heart goes out to all those grieving mothers out there.
    My mom lost her third child. She still cries about him. When I was younger, I never properly understood why she still cried after all these years.
    Now I am 26 and had my first baby girl. She's 5 months now.
    All these pictures and the comments brought tears to my eyes.
    Its only when I, myself, have become a mother can I imagine that the pain of losing a child can never be healed.

    May God give all grieving mothers, and their families peace and solace. A baby is a life, a blessing, no matter what size or age and for a while it gave you the feeling of motherhood.
    I'm sure nobody would opt for aborting their child after coming across this page.
    I'm thankful to God for my baby and I hope nobody in this world goes through this tremendous pain.

    Regards,
    Bharti

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