Registering a stillbirth

Registering a stillbirth

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.

 Any still-birth that takes place in the London Borough of Bromley must be registered at Bromley Register Office.   If the natural parents of the child were married to each other at the time of the still-birth, either the mother of the father may register.  If the parents were not married to each other at the time of the still-birth information about the father may be entered in the register only in the following circumstances.

  • the mother and the father go to the register office and sign the register together;
  • where the father is unable to go to the register office with the mother he makes a statutory declaration acknowledging his paternity which the mother must produce to the registrar; or
  • where the mother is unable to go to the register office with the father the mother may make a statutory declaration acknowledging the father's paternity which the father must produce to the registrar.

Stllbirths registered after 12 months from the date of birth will need to be authorised by the Registrar General.
Please contact us for advice if neither of the parents are able to attend the register office. 

What information will the Registrar need? 

The registrar will need the medical certificate of still-birth which is issued by the doctor or midwife who was present at the birth.

 Details required:

  • date and place of still-birth;
  • the forename(s) and surname, if the parents wish to name the still-born child;
  • sex of the child;
  • fathers full names, date and place of birth and occupation (only if this information is to be entered into the register);
  • mothers full names, date and place of birth and occupation;
  • usual address at the date of the still-birth;
  • date of marriage (if married to the still-born child's father); and
  • number of previous children.

Making an appointment

We operate an appointment system so please telephone the office before calling in to make the registration. Opening hours are Monday to Friday 9.30 am to 4.30 pm 

Certificates

A certificate of registration and a certificate for the funeral director are provided free of charge. A stillbirth certificate costs £4.

Can I register elsewhere?

If it is more convenient, information about the event can be given at another register office.  The details will then be posted to the correct register office.  The certificates and other documents will be issued and posted to the relative who initially gave the information.  This is called registering a still-birth by declaration.