The Register Office
Plymouth City Council
Plymouth PL1 2AA
- The Register Office
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- Monday 9am to 5pm
- Tuesday 9am to 6pm
- Wednesday 9am to 5pm
- Thursday 9am to 5pm
- Friday 9am to 4.30pm
An appointment system operates
Still-birth is the term used to describe when a baby dies, either in the womb or during labour, and is delivered on or after the 24th week of pregnancy.
The doctor or midwife who was present at the birth will issue a certificate of still-birth which has to be delivered to the registrar of the district in which the still-birth occurred.
Any still birth that occurs within the Plymouth City boundary is registered at the Plymouth Register Office, Lockyer Street, Plymouth PL1 2QD. Please call 01752 268331 to make an appointment.
Only certain people are qualified to register the still-birth and include:
- The mother OR father (if he was married to the mother at the time of the still-birth)
- Mother and father if they were not married at the time of the still birth
- The occupier of the house or the senior administrator of the hospital where the still-birth occurred
- A person who was present at the still-birth
- The person in charge of the still-born child
- The person who found the still-born child
You must bring with you the certificate of the cause of the death issued by the doctor or midwife.
It is also wise to know the following information before you attend at the Register Office:
- The date and place of the still-birth
- Baby's forename(s) and surname
- The cause of the death (taken from the certificate given to you by the doctor or midwife)
- Mother's full name, and if applicable any other names that she may have been known by, date and place of birth, current or last occupation
- If the father's details are to be included in the register then the same information will be asked of him (the fathers details can only be included if he was married to the mother at the time of the still-birth or if both parents are present at the time of the registration. There are certain exceptions to this rule which can be explained to you by a registrar if you contact the Register Office)
- The month and year of the marriage if the birth parents were married to each other at the time of baby's birth
Once the still-birth has been registered the registrar will give to you the following certificates:
- A white form for the funeral director
- A small certificate acknowledging that the still-birth has been registered
You may also purchase a certificate showing all of the details that have been included in the register. Please note that public registers and certificates are Crown copyright and protected under Section 163 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 so they may not be lawfully reproduced. For the purposes of this guidance, the term copying includes: Photocopying, scanning, filming, reproduction in any other media, including the placing of material on the internet.