Registering a stillbirth

You need to register a stillbirth which took place in Scotland within 21 days. You can register at any registration office in Scotland by making an appointment.

Who can register a still-birth

Either parent can register a stillbirth if they are married.

The child's mother will need to register a stillbirth if the parents are not married. The father or second parent has to be present if their name is going to be added to the entry.

In certain situations, the stillbirth can be registered by:

  • a relative of the mother
  • a relative of the father (if the parents are married)
  • the occupier of the premises in which the stillbirth took place
  • any person present at the stillbirth

How to register a still-birth

You should make an appointment at one of our registration offices by calling 030 33 33 3004.  A still-birth can be registered remotely by telephone or online call or in person. 

The published directions stating the permitted remote methods of registering in Dumfries and Galloway can be viewed below.

You'll need a few things for your appointment with the registrar:

  • a certificate of stillbirth from a doctor or midwife (or a signed declaration)
  • your name(s)
  • your date(s) of birth
  • your marriage certificate (if appropriate)

Documents we'll provide

We will issue a certificate of registration which you should give to the person in charge of the cemetery or crematorium.

You can also request a stillbirth certificate.

Page last updated: 14/10/2022
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