Still birth occurs when a child is born after 24 weeks of pregnancy and does not at any time after being born breathe or show any sign of life i.e. does not have an existence separate from its mother.

Before registration there must be evidence that the child was not born alive and that it was born after 24 weeks of pregnancy. This is usually shown by a medical certificate issued by the doctor or midwife.

Who may register?

  • The mother of the still born child The father of the still born child if married to the mother at the time of the still birth
  • A person present at the still birth
  • The occupier of the house or building where the still birth occurred
  •  A person in charge of the still born child
  • A person who found the still born child

What details need to be included in the still birth entry?

  • The date and place of the still birth
  • The full name of the still born child if one has been given
  •  Fathers full name at the time of the still birth
  •  Fathers place of birth
  •  Father’s occupation
  • Father’s usual address
  •  Mothers full name at the time of the still birth
  •  Mothers place of birth
  •  Mother’s occupation
  •  Mother’s usual address
  •  Mothers maiden surname if applicable

How to register a still birth

Register Office operates an appointment system.

Book an appointment online

Alternatively, you can call us 01204 331185 to book an appointment.

Bolton Council

Town Hall

Victoria Square

Bolton

BL1 1RU

Telephone 01204 331185
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