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Registering 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.

Where to register?

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 in the district in which it took place.

If it is difficult for you to attend the office, the still-birth can be registered by declaration at any register office in England or Wales. The Registrar will then forward the information to the Register Office where the still-birth took place. You will also have the opportunity at the time of registration to purchase a full still- birth certificate. The current fee for this certificate is £11.

If the still-birth occurred in the Sunderland Registration District and you choose to register by declaration with a registrar in another district, they will be unable to issue the relevant documents. We will post these to you once we have received the details. This may cause delays for you in organising the funeral.


Sunderland Registration Service operates an appointment system at City Hall. To make an appointment contact Life and family.

Who can register a still-birth?

  • Parent

If the parents of the child were married to each other at the time of the still-birth, either the mother, father or parent may register. 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 entered into the register.

The mother, father or parent attend the register office and sign the register or declaration together.

Either parent can attend the register office with a statutory declaration acknowledging parentage from the other partner.

Others may be qualified in specific circumstances. Consult a Registration Officer for details.

Information needed to register a still-birth

Date and place of still-birth
The forename(s) and surname, if the parents wish to name the child
The sex of the baby
Father/Parent (where the information is to be included)
Forename(s) and surname
Date and place of birth


Forename(s) and surname
Maiden surname if the mother is, or has been married
Date and place of birth
Usual address at the date of the still-birth
Date of marriage, if married to the father/Parent of the child


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