In these unfortunate circumstances the death or stillbirth needs to be registered with the registry office

We are not able to take an appointment to register a stillbirth online, please call 020 7926 9420, an advisor will be able to book an appointment for you over the phone

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What you need to know...

The hospital staff will provide you a medical certificate of neonatal death or certificate of stillbirth which needs to be taken to the registrars.

If no doctor or midwife was present, and no doctor or midwife examined the body, you must complete a form, which the registrar will give to you.

When to register a stillbirth?

A stillbirth is defined as a baby that is born dead after the 24th week of pregnancy and by law must be registered. The stillbirth can be registered once a medical doctor or midwife has completed the medical certificate recording the cause of death. A stillbirth should be registered in the district in which the stillbirth occurred. The stillbirth must be registered within 42 days from when it occurred.

When to register a newborn death

If your baby was born alive and then died, you will need to register your baby's death within five days. If you have not been able to register the baby's birth we will do this in the same appointment. The death can be registered once a medical doctor or midwife has completed the medical certificate recording the cause of death.

Who can register the stillbirth?

If you are married or in a civil partnership:

  • either parent or both parents together can register the birth or stillbirth. Both parents will be included on the register.

If you are not married or in a civil partnership:

  • the mother of the baby (only the mothers details will be included on the certificate
  • if you want both names in the register, both parents must got to the register office together.

If the couple are not married or in a civil partnership, the father will not be able to go on his own to register a still birth.

In exceptional circumstances someone who isn't the baby's parent can register the stillbirth, but contact must be made with the Register Office before coming in to register the stillbirth.

Who can register a newborn's death?

  • If the parents are married or in a civil partnership either parent can register the newborn's death

If the parents are not married or in a civil partnership:

  • Both parents can register together
  • The mother can register, but the fathers details will not be included in the register
  • one parent completes a statutory declaration of parentage form and the other takes the signed form to register the birth.