We hope this information will answer some of your questions at this difficult time.
A stillborn baby 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 stillbirth in England and Wales must be registered normally within 42 days.
You can register a stillbirth at any of the Hampshire Register Offices.
Make an appointment tel 0845 603 5637 call charges
Phone lines open Monday to Friday 8am - 8pm, Saturday 9.30am - 4pm
If you are unable to attend a Register Office in Hampshire, you can register the stillbirth of your baby “by declaration” at any Register Office in England and Wales. The stillbirth declaration is then sent to the Register Office in the area where your baby was stillborn, and the certificate/s posted to you. If a declaration is made, there will be a delay in receiving the certificate for burial or cremation.
You should check the details in the entry very carefully before you sign.
Under certain circumstances it may be possible to change the details or add to the information recorded at the time of the original registration. Contact the Registration Office where the stillbirth was originally registered for help.
The registration officer will issue a Certificate of Registration which provides proof that the stillbirth has been registered.
Any names given to the baby and entered in the register will be recorded on this certificate.
You will also receive a Certificate of Stillbirth and a Certificate for Burial or Cremation, which is required by the funeral director in order that funeral arrangements can be made.
If the registration is delayed, it is possible for a certificate for burial or cremation to be issued before registration, provided the stillbirth does not need to be reported to the coroner.
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