The Register Office
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Plymouth PL1 2AA
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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.
An appointment system operates for still-birth registrations. Please call 01752 268331 to make an appointment.
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 father's 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
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
Please note: Fees are subject to review. Payment can be made in person by cash or credit card.
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
Due to the sensitive nature of stillbirth registrations, the procedure for ordering additional certificates differs from other types of certificates. Apart from very recent events, the General Register Office holds records of all stillbirths registered in England and Wales since 1 July 1927. Certified copies of these records can only be obtained with the Registrar General's consent.
The following conditions apply:
- Certificates will only be issued to the mother or father of a stillborn child
- Siblings may apply if their mother and father are no longer alive, they should send details of their parents' dates of death with their application
- Certificates can only be obtained from the General Register Office in Southport
If you want more information telephone 0300 123 1837, write to General Register Office, PO Box 2, Southport, Merseyside PR8 2JD or visit the General Register Office website.