Register a still birth

All still born babies have to be officially registered within 42 days of their birth.

Visit GOV.UK to find out who can register a still birth including what to do if neither parent can attend.

To register a still birth you need to book an appointment with a registrar.

How to book an appointment.

The registration service is free but you will have to pay for additional still birth certificates.

The registrar will meet you in private at a convenient location. This location can be at your home and will be discussed when you book the appointment.

What to bring

You will need to bring the medical certificate, which is issued by your doctor or midwife.

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).
This information will be recorded on the still birth certificate.

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.

Support for parents whose child was still born is available from the following organisations:

Visit GOV.UK to find out about financial support as well as taking time off work.