Register a Still Birth
A still born 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. When a child is still born, the doctor or midwife who was present at the birth or examined the baby will issue a Medical Certificate of Still Birth. This certificate must be taken to the Register Office.
When and where to register a still birth
A still birth must be registered in the district in which it takes place. If the still birth takes place in Newcastle upon Tyne then the registration should take place at Newcastle Register Office where we offer an appointment system. Please contact us to make an appointment.
If you cannot register the still birth in the district where it occurred, you can go to another Register Office and they will send your details to the correct office.
Who can register a still birth
Parents married to each other
If the parents of the child were married to each other at the time of the still birth, either parent may register.
Parents not married to each other
If the parents of the child were not married to each other at the time of the still birth, information about the mother of the child will always be included in the register.
Information about the father or second parent may only be included in the register if:
- Both parents attend the Register Office and sign the register together; or
- Either parent attends the Register Office with a statutory declaration acknowledging parentage from the second parent
Information needed by the Registrar
The Registrar will ask for the following information:
For the child
- The date and place of the still birth
- A forename and surname, if the parents wish to name the child
- The sex of the child
For the parents
- Forename and surname
- Date and place of birth
For the mother
- Maiden surname if the mother is, or has been married
- Usual address at the date of the still birth
A certificate of still birth registration will be issued. Newcastle Register Office does not charge a fee for a certificate of still birth.
A certificate for the burial or cremation of the still born child will be issued so that a funeral can take place.