What happens to the foetal remains and pregnancy tissue after a surgical abortion?

If you don’t have specific wishes for the pregnancy remains, we will dispose of them in a respectful and sensitive way. We follow guidelines for cremation of remains from:

  • The Royal College of Nursing
  • The Human Tissue Authority

If you wish to take the remains with you to arrange a burial or cremation service, please let us know during your consultation. Personal requests for the remains will be met wherever possible. You can ask to take the pregnancy remains with you after a surgical abortion at any gestation.