Stillbirths should normally be registered within 42 days.
The stillbirth will normally be registered at the office for the district in which it happened - or another one if it is more convenient. Remember that things take a bit longer if you go to an office out of the district because the registrar will need to forward your information to the original district who will then post any certificates to you.
We understand that it can be very daunting to have to face registering a stillbirth. These pages will give you step-by-step guidance on what is required and what is involved - but if you would rather speak to someone personally, please contact your local register office, in the Royal Borough telephone 01628 796422.
Why is registration necessary?
Stillbirth registration began in 1927 to help protect infant life. As well as being an important source of historical and statistical information, it gives the parents the opportunity to have their child officially acknowledged and to give him or her names if they wish to.