Where, when and who can register a still birth.
A still birth is a child who is born after the 24th week of pregnancy and who after birth does not breathe or show any other sign of life. A death is when a person has lived, no matter how long, and then dies. Therefore, if a child is born alive and only lives for a matter of minutes the events must be registered as a live birth and also as a death.
A still birth has to be registered within 42 days and at the latest within three months.
Sands, the still birth and neonatal death charity, was established by bereaved parents in 1975 and obtained charity status in 1981. Sands' core aim is to support anyone affected by the death of a baby.
You can get advice on still birth by visiting their website, where you are also able to contact the society.
Still birth and neonatal death society (external website)
To register a still birth please contact your nearest registration office. Find your nearest registration office here.
If the parents are married to each other, either parent can register the stillbirth. If the parents are not married to each other, then:
A statutory declaration is a legal document. It is used to confirm something to be true for the purpose of satisfying a legal requirement or regulation, when no other evidence is available.
If neither the mother nor father is able to attend, the following people can register: