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What the registrar will give you

Certificate of registration

A certificate of registration will be issued, free of charge, to the person who registers the stillbirth. This certificate provides proof that the stillbirth has been registered. Any names given to the stillborn child and entered in the register will be recorded on the certificate of registration.

Stillbirth certificate

After a stillbirth has been registered, one or more certificates may be bought at the time of registration or at any time afterwards by the mother or the father. The father’s details would need to be recorded in the register entry for him to be able to obtain a certificate.

Certificate for burial or cremation

The registrar will issue a certificate for the burial (in a burial ground) or cremation (in a crematorium) of the stillborn child. The certificate is normally passed to the funeral director who is making the arrangements. A funeral cannot take place until this certificate is given to the burial authority or the crematorium.

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.