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Register a still birth

Register a still birth

A still birth that occurred in Northern Ireland may be registered at any District Registration Office up to one year from date of occurrence.
  • Either the mother or father if the parents are married to each other
  • The mother and father if the parents are not married to each other
  • The mother, if the parents are not married to each other. The name of the father may not be recorded in this case
  • The father if the parents are not married to each other
  • The following people may also register the stillbirth:
  • the grandmother, grandfather, uncle or aunt of the stillborn child
  • any person present at the stillbirth
  • any person having charge of the stillborn child
  • the occupier of the premises where the stillbirth took place

if the parents are not married to each other only an informant on the maternal side may carry out the registration

To register you will need a certificate signed by a registered medical practitioner which shows the cause of the stillbirth.

You will also need to provide the following information:

  • Full name and sex of the stillborn child
  • Date of the stillbirth
  • District and place of stillbirth
  • Full names and dates of birth of the parents
  • Full addresses and occupations of the parents

You must register a stillbirth in person, but you can do it at any Registration Office in Northern Ireland. Once the registration is completed, the Registrar will issue a stillbirth certificate free of charge.

If you need to order a certified copy of a stillbirth certificate, the procedure differs slightly from other types of certificate. A certified copy of the still birth certificate may only be issued to the mother or father of the still born child (if the father is named on the certificate).