If the parents of the child were married to each other at the time of the stillbirth, or conception, either the mother or the father may register.
If the parents were not married to each other at the time of the stillbirth, information about the father may be entered in the register only in the following circumstances:
- The mother and father go to the registration office together and sign the register
- Where the father is unable to go to the registration office with the mother, he may make a statutory declaration acknowledging his paternity, which the mother must produce to the registrar
- Where the mother is unable to go to the registration office with the father, she may make a statutory declaration, which the father must produce, to the registrar
If the information about the father is not recorded, it may be possible for the stillbirth to be re-registered to include his details at a later date. Ask the registrar about this.
Other people who may register stillbirths
Although the majority of stillbirths are registered by the parents, sometimes neither the mother nor the father is able to do this.
In these circumstances, the registrar will arrange for the registration to be completed by whichever of the following people is best able to do so:
- The occupier of the house or hospital where the child was stillborn. An informant from the hospital must be of administrative grade
- A person who was present at the stillbirth
- A person who is responsible for the stillborn child