Registration of stillborn babies
Stillbirths in England and Wales must be registered within 42 days of the stillbirth. To register, please contact the Register Office.
Where a baby is stillborn after the 24th week of pregnancy, you will be given a Medical Certificate of Stillbirth signed by the midwife or doctor, which you should give to the registrar. If no doctor or midwife was present and no doctor or midwife has examined the body, you must sign Form 35 which the registrar will give you.
Who needs to register?
- If the parents are married to each other or in a civil partnership together, either parent can register
- If the parents are not married to each other, the father must attend the appointment with the mother if his details are to be included on the registration; if the mother attends alone, no father's details will be recorded
- If two female parents are not in a marriage or civil partnership together, both must attend the appointment and meet the requirements of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act if the second female details are to be included on the registration; if the mother attends alone, no second female parent details will be recorded
All information you provide to the Registrar's service is done so in the strictest of confidence, you can find full details here.
The Registrar will need to know:
- Date and place of the stillbirth
- The forenames and surname, if the parents wish to name the child
- Sex of the child
- Parents' names, surnames and address (including any former names)
- Places and dates of parents' birth
- Date of parents' marriage or civil partnership (if applicable)
- Parents' occupations
- Mother's maiden surname
What you need to bring:
You should bring the Medical Certificate of Stillbirth given to you by the hospital or midwife.
It would also be useful for you to bring:
- your passport or birth certificate
- proof of your current address
- proof of any former name or names (for example, change of name deed or marriage certificate)
You are not legally required to produce these documents but if you do they can help to ensure the registration is completed accurately.
The Registrar will provide you with:
- a Certificate for Burial or Cremation - it should be taken to the funeral directors so that the funeral can be held
- a Certificate of Registration of Stillbirth - it is also possible to get certified copies of the entry
You can contact us if you have questions about registering a stillborn child.