We at "Brief Lives - Remembered" receive requests from families to trace their baby's resting place from all over the country. We will always do our utmost to make sure that no stone has been un-turned during a search. We have a ninety-eight percent record of successfully tracing a baby's resting place, conducting searches for babies who were stillborn or born & died in the 1940's, 1950's, 1960's, 1970's and 1980's.
Sadly though; there are times when it is not possible to trace a baby's resting place. There are various reasons for this including:
A Baby's Gestational Age - A baby's gestational age can make the difference as to the outcome of the search; Prior to 1992 the death of a baby born dead after twenty-eight (full weeks) gestation, will be registered as a stillbirth. In 1992 the gestational age changed to twenty-four weeks. When a baby was born dead before twenty-eight weeks (Prior to 1992) and twenty-four weeks (from 1992) the death of a baby would be classed as a late miscarriage.
It is unlikely that a resting place will be found for babies born dead before twenty-eight full weeks (Prior to 1992) and twenty-four full weeks (from 1992). If you unsure whether the baby was born dead before or after twenty-eight weeks (Prior to 1992) and twenty-four weeks (from 1992) we would suggest you could request a stillbirth certificate from the general register office in Southport. Please feel free to contact us for a further explanation.
Stillbirth of a Twin - It cannot always be assumed that because twins are born on the same day that the deceased twin died at birth. In some cases the deceased twin may have died some time before, this can make a diiference as to whether the baby'd death was classed as a stillbirth.
Lack of Records - It was not a legal requirement of cemeteries to record the burial of stillborn babies until 1975. However most authorities did still create records for those burials, occasionally we do come across an authority that did not.
Lack of Family Information - Sometimes due to the time that has gone by and the fading of memories, not all families know or remember some of the keys facts that we need to find the baby and make sure that we have located the correct baby.
Bad Record Keeping - In the past any record keeping would have been by hand and is not always legible. Other records may only have a minimal amount of family information .
If you wish to discuss any of these points, please feel free to contact us via the "Contact Page".