Registering a stillbirth
It can be daunting to have to face registering a stillbirth. This information will help you through the process but if you would prefer to speak to someone personally, contact the Registration office.
A child stillborn in Scotland can be registered in any Scottish registration office. If the still-birth happens elsewhere, it cannot be registered in Scotland even if the mother usually lives in Scotland.
A stillbirth should be registered within 21 days. In special circumstances a short postponement can be arranged by contacting the registrar.
Documents to be produced when registering a still-birth are:
- the certificate of stillbirth (Form 6) issued by the doctor or midwife
- the marriage certificate of the child's parents if married to each other (if available).
If no certificate is produced, the registrar will ask the mother/father to sign a form of declaration.