The routine autopsy procedure is usually uniform for all cases but associated procedural cautions are required that are specific to each individual case.
The objectives of all autopsy procedure should be able to answer following questions:
THE OBJECTIVES OF AN AUTOPSY
Who? To make a positive identification of the body.
What? To determine the cause of death (in the newborn, whether live birth occurred).
How? To determine the mode of dying and (when?) time of death if possible
It is also vital to demonstrate all external and internal conditions, describe and measure any external and internal injuries, obtain samples for analysis and evidence, provide a report, offer expert testimony, and, restore the body to the best possible cosmetic condition, before release to the relatives.