When you have experienced the sadness of a stillbirth, it can be very daunting to have to face attending the register office to complete the legal registration process.
This page will give you guidance on what is required and what is involved, but if you would rather speak to someone personally please contact us at the Register Office on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01724 298555. We will be able to give you further information.
A stillbirth is legally defined as a child who is born on or after the 24th week of pregnancy who after birth does not breathe or show any other sign of life. A death is when a person has lived, no matter how long, and subsequently dies. Therefore if a child is born alive and only lives for a matter of minutes, the event must be registered as a live birth and a death.
Stillbirths should be registered within 42 days (six weeks).
The stillbirth should be registered at the register office for the district in which it happened. You can go to another register office if it is more convenient, but things take a bit longer if you go to an office out of the district where the stillbirth occurred. This is because the registrar will need to forward your information to the original district who will then post any certificates to you.
Your midwife will normally tell you who to contact and may help you make an appointment to come in to the register office. We understand that registering a stillbirth is distressing and we can arrange for a registrar to carry out the registration either at the hospital or the parents' home, if you prefer.
Please contact us at the Register Office on email@example.com or 01724 298555. We will help you arrange the registration.