Registering a stillbirth
We try to make this registration experience as simple as possible.
Your registered medical practitioner or midwife will give you a certificate of still-birth to hand over to the registrar.
There are six registration offices in the Stirling Council area. You may wish to contact your nearest office in advance to make an appointment to meet with the registrar.
A still-birth occurring in Scotland must be registered in Scotland, within 21 days and may be registered at any registration office in Scotland.
A Directory of Registrars containing details of all registration offices in Scotland is also available on the General Register Office website.
Information and documents required
When registering a still-birth, certain information regarding the parent/s will be required, including details of full name/s and date/s of birth. If the parents are married to each other, the date and place of marriage is also required.
It would be helpful if any applicable birth or marriage certificates are produced to the Registrar at the time of registration, if these documents are available.
Who can register a still-birth
- If the parents of the child are married to each other, either parent can register the still-birth. The mother should register the still-birth if the parents are not married to each other. Only in very special circumstances can the registration be performed by someone other than the parents of the child.
- Where the parents are not married to each other and the father is acknowledging paternity, he should attend the registration office, together with the mother to register the still-birth.
- If the father acknowledges paternity but is unable to attend the registration office with the mother to register the still-birth, the father’s details can still be recorded. The father needs to complete a statutory declaration for the mother to hand over to the registrar. The register will then ask the mother to complete a declaration acknowledging who the father is and complete the registration.
- If the mother is unable to attend the registration office and the parents are not married to each other, the father needs to hand over a statutory declaration signed by the mother to the registrar. The registration can take place once the father has signed a declaration in the presence of the registrar.
Registration is free and a certificate of registration of a still-birth will be issued at the time of registration.
A full extract of the still-birth entry can also be obtained.
If in any doubt as to where a still-birth may be registered, or if you require statutory declaration forms or have any queries regarding this process, please contact any of our offices for advice.