Registering a stillbirth

All face to face appointments have been postponed due to the coronavirus issue and advice taken from the National Records of Scotland. For more information on temporary changes to registration services see our Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice page.

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.

Licensing Services

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Phone: 0303 123 1015
Email: Licensing Services