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How to register a stillbirth

How is stillbirth defined?

A stillborn child is legally defined as a child born after the 24th week of pregnancy, who did not, at any time after being born, breathe or show any signs of life.

What do you need to register a stillbirth?

When a child is stillborn, a doctor or midwife will issue a medical certificate of stillbirth. The person who registers the stillbirth must take this certificate to the registrar. Every stillbirth in England and Wales must be registers in the district in which it takes place.A stillbirth may not be registered more that three months after it occurred.

Who can register a stillbirth?

Parents married to each other

If the parents of the child were married to each other at the time of the stillbirth (or conception) either the mother or the father may register.

Parents not married to each other

The mother of the child is initially responsible to register the stillbirth. If the parents were not married to each other at the time of the stillbirth (or conception), information about the father may be entered in the register only in the following circumstances: 

  • if the mother and father go to the register office and sign a stillbirth register together,
  • where the father is unable to go to the register office with the mother – the father makes a statutory declaration acknowledging his paternity which the mother must produce to the registrar (this form may be obtained from any registrar in England and Wales.

If the parents of the child cannot register the stillbirth the following are qualified to do so:

  • the occupier of the house or hospital where the child was stillborn
  • a person who was present at the stillbirth
  • a person who is responsible for the stillborn child e.g. coroners officer
  • the person who found the stillborn child (where date/ location of the stillbirth are unknown)

Information to be supplied for the registration of stillbirth

For the child

  • date of stillbirth
  • the forenames (s) and surname, if the parents wish to name the child
  • sex of the child

For the father

  • forename (s) and surname
  • date and place of birth
  • occupation at the time of the stillbirth or, if not employed at that time, the last occupation

For the mother

  • forename (s) and surname and  maiden name, if the mother is, or has been married date of birth
  • occupation at the time of the stillbirth or, if not employed at that time, the last occupation
  • usual address at the date of the stillbirth
  • date of marriage, if married to the stillborn child’s father , at the time of the stillbirth

What certificates will be issued?

  • certificate of registration
  • a certificate of registration will be issued, free of charge, to the person who registers the stillbirth.
  • stillbirth certificate
  • after a stillbirth has been registered, one or more certificates may be bought at the time of registration or at any other time afterwards by the mother or father. (The fathers’ details would need to be recorded in the register entry for him to obtain a certificate)
  • certificate for burial or cremation
  • the registrar will issue a certificate for the burial of the stillborn child. The certificate is normally passed to the funeral director who is making the arrangements.
  • a funeral cannot take place until the certificate is given to the burial authority or the crematorium. If there is a delay to the registration, it is possible for a certificate for the burial to be issued before registration provided the stillbirth does not need to be reported to the coroner.

Please see the “websites” tab above charities whom specialise in coping with grief

Contact Registrar Service

Registration Office
Shire Hall
LL77 7TW

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Tel: (01407) 761102
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