Register a stillbirth

We understand that losing a baby is distressing and that it can be hard to deal with an unexpected administration process while you are grieving. A stillbirth should be registered within 42 days and you can name the baby in the register. Sometimes a stillbirth can be registered after 42 days - the register office can explain when this can happen. You will need to make an appointment with the registrar to register the stillbirth. 

  1. Get a medical certificate from a GP or hospital doctor. You'll need this to register the death.
  2. Register the death within 5 days. You'll then get the documents you need for the funeral.
  3. Arrange the funeral - you can use a funeral director or arrange it yourself

You can find more information on what information to provide and what to bring to your appointment on the government's register a stillbirth web page.

We will issue a certificate of registration, free of charge, to the person who registers the stillbirth. The certificate of registration records any names given to the stillborn child and entered in the register. The registrar will issue a certificate for the burial or cremation of the stillborn child. The certificate is normally passed to the funeral director who is making the arrangements. A funeral cannot take place without this. If there is a delay to the registration it is possible for a certificate for the burial to be issued before registration, provided the stillbirth does not need to be reported to the coroner. A certificate for cremation cannot be issued before the registration.

Any application for a certificate not made at the time of the registration should be sent to the General Register Office, PO Box 2, Southport, Merseyside PR8 2JD.