A stillborn child is legally defined as a child born after the 24th week of pregnancy who did not at any time after being born breathe or show any other signs of life. (A child who breathed or showed other signs of life is considered live born for registration purposes, irrespective of the number of weeks duration of the pregnancy.)
When a child is stillborn, the doctor or midwife who was present at the birth or examined the baby will issue a medical certificate of stillbirth. The person who registers the stillbirth must take this certificate to the registrar's office.
The stillbirth must be registered in the district in which it takes place, normally within 42 days. In Dudley borough this is at Dudley Council Plus, Dudley Register Office or Stourbridge Registration Office.
If it is inconvenient to go to the registrar in the district where the stillbirth took place, the information for the registration may be given at any registration office. This is called registering by declaration. The registrar will record the details on a form of declaration and send it to the registrar for the correct district. The registrar who receives the declaration will enter the information in the register and post the documents and any certificates to you.
Please note that if the registration is made by declaration, it may take a day or two longer for the document for burial or cremation to be issued because of the need to use the postal system. The family should discuss the arrangements with their funeral director and the registrar to avoid any delay to the funeral.
To book an appointment to register a still birth in a Dudley borough registration office please contact Dudley register office using our contact form or by calling 01384 815373.