The 30-year-old, from Cardonald, Glasgow, was told by hospital staff that lifting her son James would break his bones.
Even though he had passed away in June 2001, Michelle was terrified of hurting her baby because they still had that special bond.
She wanted to bury her son but was told cremation was the only option.
Michelle, who has since had two other children Kieran, eight, and Emily, five, held a service for James at Craigton Crematorium in the city.
She was told there would be no ashes but she has now found out that they lied to her and scattered the ashes in the grounds without her knowledge.
JULIE Morrison lost her baby girl Erin at 36 weeks in July 2003 after three days in labour.
Weighing only 3lb, the 33-year-old cradled her child in her arms after she gave birth to the stillborn tot.
Julie, from Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, has never recovered from her baby's death despite counselling and help from support groups.
Now she faces a fresh ordeal trying to find out what happened to her baby daughter's ashes. She was initially told there would be no ashes.
After Erin's death, Julie and partner Bryan got married and now have two children - Demi, nine, and Aidan, eight.
NURSERY nurse Ellen Cassidy was aged 42 when she fell pregnant with her first child and she was full term when baby Scott died just as she was due to give birth.
Ellen, now 55, from Sandyhills in Glasgow's East End, and her partner David Hosie, 51, never got over the sudden loss of their son in November 2001.
She was all set to give birth to a healthy 6lb 14oz boy but it all went wrong in the final stages when she was told he was a breech baby and had died in the womb.
The couple were told by Daldowie staff there would be no ashes but they have since found out that they threw them away.
Ellen said: "I have been robbed of the chance to make a decision about my own son's ashes.
"I would have scattered them in our garden but now all we have is a holly tree to commemorate him in our garden."