Because most hospitals may not have anyone who is accustomed to doing dysmorphologic physical evaluations, we suggest that photographs be taken of every stillborn for later review. Based on the WiSSP experience, 28% of all stillborns have observable abnormalities identifiable on photographs. Photographs were critical in establishing a diagnosis about 5% of the time.

The higher the quality of the photographs the more helpful they will be. However, fear of poor quality shouldn't inhibit you - blurry polaroid snapshots are better than no pictures at all.

Photographs should include:

1. Whole body frontal photo including the limbs;

2. Frontal and lateral pictures of the face;


3. Photos of any abnormal parts.

4. Genitalia if there is any doubt regarding gender.