Registering a stillbirth

Please accept our condolences on your loss. We realise that this is a very difficult time for you. A stillbirth occurring in Scotland must be registered within 21 days.

Who should register the stillbirth?

  • If married the child's mother or father.
  • If unmarried the child's mother. The child's father must also attend along with the mother if his details are to be recorded on the entry.

If this is not possible the following persons can register the birth:

  • If married any relative of the mother or father (if they are married) with knowledge of the stillbirth
  • If unmarried any relative of the mother who has knowledge of the stillbirth
  • The occupier of the premises in which the stillbirth took place
  • Any person present at the stillbirth.

A father who is not married to the mother can only register the stillbirth and be named as the father if:

  • He jointly signs the register with the mother, or
  • He and the mother sign declarations that he is the father, or
  • A court declares that he is the father and the mother registers the stillbirth

Documents issued by the registrar at the time of registration

When the registration is complete, the Registrar will issue a certificate of Registration of Stillbirth, which should be given to the person in charge of the cemetery or crematorium.

If one of the parents registers the stillbirth and requests it, an extract of the entry in the register.

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