A stillbirth should be registered at a register office within 42 days.
Sometimes a stillbirth can be registered after 42 days – the register office can explain when this can happen. You can name the baby in the register.
If the baby’s parents are married, either the mother or father can register.
The mother can sign if:
If both parents want the father’s name in the register:
If the father registers the stillbirth and the parents aren’t married, the mother will need to make a ‘signed declaration’ (the register office can explain how to do this).
If the child was conceived as a result of fertility treatment either of the following can register the stillbirth:
If neither parent can attend then the following people can register the stillbirth:
You need the medical certificate of stillbirth issued by the doctor or midwife.
The following organisations give support and advice: