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Register a stillbirth

When to register

A stillbirth should be registered at a register office within 42 days. You can name the baby in the register.

If you live in Bracknell Forest but the stillbirth occurred in a hospital outside Bracknell, you can still declare the stillbirth with us. We will send your declaration to the correct office.

Who can register?

Either parent may register if married, or in a civil partnership, to each other at the time of the stillbirth.

If the parents are not married or in a civil partnership to each other, the mother may register the stillbirth.

If the parents were not married or registered civil partners with each other at the time of the stillbirth, the second parent's details can only be entered in the register in the following circumstances:

  • both the mother and the second parent attend the register office
  • if the second parent is unable to attend, they must make a statutory declaration acknowledging their parentage, which should be given to the registrar
  • if the mother is unable to attend with the second parent, she must make a statutory declaration acknowledging the parentage, which the second parent should produce

The statutory declaration form is available on GOV.UK or from the register office.

Book an appointment

An appointment is required to register a stillbirth.

Please contact the register office on 01344 352000 to make an appointment.

At the appointment

You will need to provide the following information:

  • stillbirth certificate issued by the hospital or doctor
  • date and place of baby's stillbirth
  • full name and surname given to the baby
  • sex of the baby
  • full name and surname of the mother
  • maiden surname, and any other surname used by the mother
  • place of birth of the mother
  • mother's occupation
  • mother's address including postcode
  • full name and surname of the second parent (if entered)
  • place of birth of the second parent (if entered)
  • second parent's occupation at the time of the stillbirth (if entered)
  • second parent's home address (if entered)

The following information is required by law, but does not appear in the register:

  • date of birth for the mother and second parent (date for second parent only if his details are shown)
  • any other children born to the mother within marriage
  • if the parents are married, the month and year of their marriage

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