However this option was not always available with former practice meaning mothers were not given closure, and remained unaware of where their babies were laid to rest.
This week the Holdfast Bay Council officially opened a mural to commemorate a number of stillborn babies found to be buried in the Brighton Cemetery.
Bill Walter was joined in studio by the Mayor of Holdfast Bay, Ken Rolland, to discuss the recognition and the history behind the practice.
If you would like to enquire about the mural or the stillborn babies of Brighton Cemetary, you can contact Amanda Rose at the City of Holdfast Bay on (08) 8229 9999.
Producer: Sophie McKay