Registering a stillbirth

Registering a baby's stillbirth will be arranged on an individual basis, with the utmost regard paid to parents' care and wellbeing.

A stillborn child is legally defined as a child born after the 24th week of pregnancy who did not, at any time after being born, breathe or show any other signs of life. 

Advice on registration may be received from hospital staff or direct from your local register office.

If you are married, only one parent needs to register the stillbirth. Otherwise, if the father's details are to be entered, both parents will need to register.

Please contact us for further advice.

Related websites

Sands - the stillbirth and neonatal death charity

NHS Choices - stillbirth

NHS Choices - coping with stillbirth

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