Register a still-birth

We understand that this is a distressing time for you. Please contact us to discuss arrangements for the registration.

Where a still-birth can be registered

You must register a still birth in the district where it occurred. You can register at any of the Warwickshire Registration Offices if this happened within Warwickshire. You can make a register at your nearest registration office if it is difficult to make an appointment at an office within Warwickshire.

The details will be sent to the appropriate district and the certificate posted to you. Please contact us if you require further information.


Who can register a still-birth?

Only the parents can register the still-birth. Either parent can register if you are married. You must attend the appointment together if you are not married and the father’s details are to be included in the birth entry.

If the parents can’t register the still-birth

Although the majority of still-births are registered by the parents, sometimes neither the mother or the father are able to do this. In these circumstances, the registration will need to be completed by whoever is the best person to do so. This may be:

  • the occupier of the house or hospital where the child was still-born
  • a person who was present at the still-birth
  • a person who is responsible for the still-born child
  • the person who found the still-born child (where the date and place of the still-birth are unknown)

Booking an appointment

Please contact us to book an appointment.

Nuneaton

Telephone: 02476 375209

Rugby

Telephone: 01788 551829

Stratford and Warwick

Telephone: 01926 412557


What you will be asked for

You will need to provide information on the:

  • date and place of still-birth
  • forename(s) and surname, if the parents wish to name the still-born child
  • sex of the child

Certificate of registration

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


Still-birth certificate

After a still-birth 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 them to be able to obtain a certificate.


Certificate for burial or cremation

A certificate will be issued for the burial (in a burial ground) or cremation (in a crematorium) of the still-born child. It 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 it is registered. This is provided that the still-birth does not need to be reported to the coroner. A certificate for cremation cannot be issued before the registration.