[quote="LaMusicaSenior, post:1, topic:297560"]
I had heard of a nurse at a Catholic hospital who would baptize the stillborn infants that she delivered.
To me, this seems pointless. The orginal sin that keeps us out of Heaven is found on the soul, not the body, and in the case of a stillborn, the soul is gone.
It is true that the sacraments are for the living. We do not give sacraments to people who are already dead. Howvever, if there is any doubt as to whether the person is dead, it is generally better to err on the side of giving the sacrament rather than not giving it. At least, that's how it is with Anointing of the Sick (canon 1005).
For Baptism, Canon Law says:
§2. An infant in danger of death is to be baptized without delay.
§2. An infant of Catholic parents or even of non-Catholic parents is baptized licitly in danger of death even against the will of the parents.
So it seems like it could be a gray area. In any case, hopefully the nurse isn't doing this of her own volition but in cooperation with the hospital's chaplain.