Register a still birth
All still born babies have to be officially registered within 42 days of their birth.
To register your baby's still birth, you need to book an appointment with a registrar from the area your baby was born in.
I want to register a still birth but I don't live in Kent or Bexley
If your baby was born in Kent or Bexley but you can’t attend an office here, you can give the details to any birth registrar in England and Wales.
The details are sent to our Kent Libraries, Registrations and Archives Service who will register the birth. This is called registration by declaration.
If a still birth is registered by declaration the birth certificate and form for the funeral director will be sent to you by post, normally within 1 week.
What we need to know
When the registrar calls you, they will need to know some information about the person who has died and your relationship to them to be able to complete the death register.
What will I be asked?
You will need to provide the following information:
- place and date of birth of the baby
- if the parents wish to name the baby, the name and surname
- sex of the baby
- names, surnames, places of birth and occupations of the parents
- mother's maiden name (if applicable).
At registration you will receive:
- a certificate of registration - this provides proof that the still birth has been registered. The certificate includes any names that were given to the child, the date of the still birth and the registration district in which the still birth occurred
- a still birth certificate - this is an exact copy of the entry in the register
- a certificate for burial or cremation - this is the certificate you need to give to the funeral director arranging the funeral.