Register a still birth
A stillbirth should be registered at a register office within 42 days.
Sometimes a stillbirth can be registered after 42 days.
You can name the baby in the register.
Where to register a stillbirth
It is best to register a stillbirth at the register office in the borough where the baby was delivered. To register the stillbirth in Barnet please call the register office on 020 8359 6400 to make an appointment.
Who can register the stillbirth
If the parents are married either the mother or the father can register.
The mother can sign the register if the:
- baby’s parents are not married
- father is unknown or cannot be traced
The father can sign the register if:
- the father and mother are not married and
- the mother will need to make a ‘signed declaration’ (we can explain how to do this when you make your appointment)
If both parents want the father’s name in the register:
- both parents can sign the register together
- the mother can sign and bring a ‘signed declaration’ from the father (we can explain how to do this when you make your appointment)
If neither parents can register a still birth:
- someone who was present at the stillbirth
- someone who is responsible for the stillborn child
- the occupier of the hospital or house where the stillbirth took place
- the person who found the stillborn child, if the date and place of the stillbirth are unknown
For full details of who can register a still birth, including what to do if neither parent can attend the register office, please read the GOV.UK guide to registering a stillbirth or contact the register office.
What to bring to the register office
A medical certificate of stillbirth issued by the doctor or midwife.
What is the difference between a stillbirth and a death?
A baby is stillborn when it is born after the 24th week of pregnancy and does not breathe or show any other signs of life after birth. A death is when a baby has lived, no matter how long, and subsequently dies. Therefore if a child is born alive and only lives for a matter of minutes the event must be registered as a live birth and a death.
Barnet Registration and Nationality Service
Hendon Town Hall, The Burroughs, London, NW4 4BG
Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 5pm,
Saturday from 9am to 4pm
Sunday from 9am to 1pm