If you or your partner have a stillbirth, you must register it within 21 days.
How to register a stillbirth
You can do this by going any of the local registration offices in Scotland.
When you go to the registrar, you'll need to take a copy of:
- the stillbirth certificate from the hospital or your doctor
- your marriage or civil partnership certificate if you're married to your partner
After the registration process has been completed, the registrar will give you a certificate of registration of stillbirth. You might be asked for this if you decide to bury or cremate your child.
Who can register a stillbirth
It should be the child's mother or other parent who registers the stillbirth. The other parent can only do this if:
- they're married or in a civil partnership with the child's mother
- the other parent is a man, and there's a signed declaration that he's the father
If the other parent is a woman
If the couple is not married or in a civil partnership, the other mother can only register the stillbirth if:
- she jointly signs the register with the mother
- she and the mother sign declarations (these are available from the registrar) that she is the parent
- a court declares that she is the parent and the mother registers the stillbirth
If the mother is unwell or dies during the stillbirth
The following people can register the stillbirth if the mother is unable to do so:
- a relative of the mother
- a relative of the other parent, if he or she is married or in a civil partnership with the mother
- the owner of the place where the stillbirth took place
- anyone who was there when the stillbirth happened, or otherwise has knowledge of the event (for example, a funeral director)
If the stillbirth happens abroad
You should follow the rules of the country you're in and try to get a certificate of the stillbirth. Contact the British embassy or consulate if you're having any problems.
You can find a list of British embassies and consulates on the GOV.UK website.
Contact National Records of Scotland's General Registration Unit by:
Post: National Records of Scotland
General Registration Unit
New Register House
3 West Register Street
Phone: 0131 314 4452