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Registering a stillbirth

When a child is stillborn, the doctor or midwife that was present at the birth or examined the body will issue a medical certificate of stillbirth. This certificate must be taken to the registrar’s office within 42 days. We will register the stillbirth and issue a certificate for the burial or cremation. The certificate is normally then passed to the funeral director who is making the arrangements.

The information needed is the same as as for a live birth, although you do not have to give the child a name.

If the parents are married, either parent can register the birth. If you are not married and want the father’s name to appear on the certificate, both parents must attend the registration.

Book an appointment to register a stillbirth

To book an appointment, please call 020 8356 3355.

Page updated on: 4 June 2019

Registration Services


Hackney Service Centre
1 Hillman Street
E8 1DY


Opening times

  • Mon to Fri, 9am - 5pm
  • Emergency out of hours death service: 9-11am Sat and Sun; 9am-12 noon bank holidays