When to register a still birth
A still birth must be registered within 21 days of its occurrence. In special circumstances a short postponement can be arranged by the registrar.
If the still birth took place in Scotland it can be registered at any registration office by appointment.
Who can register a still birth?
The mother or father of the still born child can register the still birth as long as they’re married to each other.
If the parents aren’t married, the mother should either:
- register the still birth herself
- bring the father with her so his name can be recorded in the register
Please contact the registrar for advice if both parents cannot attend together or if you require another relative to register the still birth.
What documents do I need?
You should take the certificate of still birth (Form 6) issued by the doctor or midwife to the registration office.
If applicable, the parents’ marriage certificate should also be produced.
If no certificate of still birth is produced, the registrar will ask the parent(s) to sign a form of declaration as to the still birth (Form 7).
Can I record a name for my still born child?
A forename and surname may be entered in the register if the parent(s) desire.
Once the still birth is registered
There is no fee for registration.
After registration the registrar will issue a certificate of still birth (Form 8). This should be given to the Funeral Director or person in charge of the burial ground/ crematorium.
Certificate copy fees
1 full certificate can be issued free of charge up to 1 month after the still birth. Thereafter, application must be made to the National Records of Scotland.
Support for bereaved parents
The Stillbirths and Neonatal Death Society (SANDS) provide support for bereaved parents whose baby has died at, or soon after, birth.