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Register a stillbirth

Find out how to register a stillbirth.

Before you start

You must register a stillbirth within 21 days.

If the stillbirth took place in Scotland, you can register at a registration office in Scotland.

Who can register a stillbirth?

Either parent if:

  • married to each other
  • in a registered civil partnership

The mother only if:

  • unmarried
  • not in a civil partnership

Both parents must be there to include both names on the certificate.

A relative can register a stillbirth in exceptional circumstances. Contact a registrar if you need more information about this.

How to register

Contact the Registrars team

What happens next

Stillbirth registrations now take place remotely by telephone.

Following the initial contact telephone call, the registrar will call you back to complete the registration by telephone and certificates will be posted first class mail or can be collected by arrangement.

Documents we'll give you

  • Certificate of registration of stillbirth (form 8)
  • Extract of the entry in the register (if a parent asks for this)

There's no cost for these documents.