Register a stillbirth

Every stillbirth should be registered at a register office within 42 days.

Where to register a stillbirth

It is best to register a stillbirth at the register office in the district where it occurred.

To register a stillbirth in Westminster please call 020 7641 7500 to make an appointment or visit the Westminster Registration Office at 317 Harrow Road, London W9 3RJ.

What to bring to the register office

A medical certificate of stillbirth issued by the doctor or midwife.

Who can register a stillbirth

If the parents are married:

  • the mother
  • the father

If the parents aren't married:

  • the mother
  • the father if a 'signed declaration' has been made by the mother

For full details of who can register a stillbirth, including what to do if neither parent can attend the register office, please read the GOV.UK guide to registering a stillbirth or contact the register office.

The difference between a stillbirth and a death

A baby is stillborn when it is born after the 24th week of pregnancy and does not breathe or show any other signs of life after birth. A death is when a person has lived, no matter how long, and subsequently dies. Therefore if a child is born alive and only lives for a matter of minutes the event must be registered as a live birth and a death.

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Last updated: 24 May 2018