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Registering a stillbirth in Nottingham

Stillbirth registration was introduced on 1 July 1927 to help protect infant life, provide a valuable source of statistical information and to give parents the opportunity to have their child officially acknowledged.

A still-born child is a child born after the 24th week of pregnancy who did not breathe or show any other signs of life. When a child is stillborn the midwife or doctor will issue a medical certificate of stillbirth which will be used to register the stillbirth.

Where and when to register a stillbirth

You can register a stillbirth that has occurred within the city boundaries at the Queen's Medical Centre, City Hospital or the Nottingham register office at the Council House.

A stillbirth normally needs to be registered within 42 days, and at the latest within three months. You can book an appointment by telephone on 0115 841 5554

Who can register the stillbirth?

If the parents are married to each other, either parent can register the stillbirth. If the parents are not married to each other, then:

  • if you want the father's details to be included in the register, both parents can go and sign the stillbirth register together
  • if the father is unable to go to the registry office, but you still want his details included, he will need to make a statutory declaration acknowledging his paternity - you will need to give this to the registrar
  • if the mother is unable to go to the registry office with the father, she may make a statutory declaration acknowledging the father's paternity - you will need to give this to the registrar

You can add the father's details at a later date by re-registering the stillbirth.

If neither the mother nor father are able to attend, the following people can register:

  • the occupier of the hospital or house where the stillbirth took place
  • someone who was present at the stillbirth
  • someone who is responsible for the stillborn child

Documents and information you will need


When registering a stillbirth, you'll need to take the following:

  • medical certificate of the cause of stillbirth (signed by a doctor or midwife)
  Information we will need
  • date and place of stillbirth
  • the forename(s) and surname, if the parents wish to name the stillborn child
  • sex of the child
Father (if you wish to provide this information)
  • forename(s) and surname
  • date and place of birth
  • occupation at the time of the stillbirth or, if not employed at that time, the last occupation
  • forename(s) and surname
  • maiden surname if the mother is, or has been, married
  • date and place of birth
  • occupation at the time of the stillbirth or, if not employed at that time, the last occupation
  • usual address at the date of the stillbirth
  • date of marriage, if married to the still-born child's father at the time of the stillbirth
  • number of previous children

Once the registration has been completed you will be asked to sign the entry. It is important that the information recorded is as accurate as possible as the correction of errors discovered after the register has been signed may cause delay and inconvenience.

Documents you will receive

A certificate of registration, this provides proof that the stillbirth has been registered.

The certificate includes any names that were given to the child, the date of the stillbirth and the registration district in which the stillbirth occurred.

Certificate for burial or cremation, this is the certificate you need to pass to the funeral director arranging the funeral.

A stillbirth certificate can also be purchased at the time of registration at a cost of £4 each. This is an exact copy of the entry in the register.

Burial on a Saturday, Sunday or Bank Holiday

When religion requires a burial within England or Wales and within 24 hours of death, a registrar will be available to issue the necessary forms on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays between the hours of 10 and 12. They can be contacted by telephoning 07899 060396

Useful Links

Support for bereaved parents whose child was stillborn is available from the following organisations:

SANDS - Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society

National Child Death Helpline

Contact Us

The Register Office
The Council House
Old Market Square

Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9.00am to 4.30pm 

Tel: 0115 841 5554

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