Any stillbirth which occurs in Scotland must be registered within 21 days. This
can be done at our registration office
or at any registration office in Scotland.
Who can register a stillbirth?
When the parents are married or in a civil partnership, the child's mother, father
or second female parent can register the stillbirth.
If the parents are not married or in a civil partnership, the father or second female
parent can only be recorded if:
- The parents sign the register together
- They sign declarations
- A court declares parentage
What to bring with you
When registering the stillbirth, you should bring the following documents with you
if you have them:
- The certificate of stillbirth (given to you by the midwife or doctor)
- The marriage certificate of the child's parents
If no certificate of stillbirth is available, the person registering the stillbirth
must sign a declaration form.
What we will give you
After registration, we will give you the following forms free of charge:
- A certificate of registration of stillbirth to give to the person in charge of the
burial ground or crematorium
- An extract of the entry in the register