For most families, pregnancy and the birth of a baby is a time of hope, excitement, joy and wonder. And while the majority of pregnancies start out this way, not all end so happily. Instead of the happiness of greeting a new baby, some families will be faced with the grim reality of coping with an infant death. Statistics show that in Ireland each year, over 500 babies will die around the time of birth. Each of these little babies are mourned not only by parents but also sisters, brothers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family, neighbours and friends. Professional staff too, working in the neonatal units are also deeply affected when a baby dies.