A baby is stillborn when it is born after the 24th week of pregnancy and does not breathe or show any other signs of life after birth. A neonatal death is when a baby has lived for up to 28 days. Therefore if a child is born alive and only lives for a matter of minutes the event must be registered as a live birth and a death. If either of these situations applies to you then please contact our register office on the details below, who will help guide you through this process.
If the stillbirth occurred in Croydon, this must be registered at Croydon register office. You can also register a death at any other register office in England or Wales.
Please be aware that if you choose to register a death in a district other than where the death took place, you will not be given any documentation on the day of your appointment. This can slow down the registration process significantly and potentially delay any funeral arrangements. The details of the death will be passed to Croydon Register Office who will then issue and post the certificate to you.
Book an appointment
It is advisable to book an appointment. You can do this online, or by contacting us on the number below. The appointment will take approximately 30 minutes.
Who can register a stillbirth?
- the mother
- the father, if he was married to the mother at the time of the stillbirth
- a person present at the stillbirth. Please check with the register office for qualified informants.
Please check with the register office for qualified informants.
If the parents are not married, the father must attend the registration if he wishes his name to go in the register. There is no provision in law to re-register a stillbirth.
For full details of who can register a stillbirth, including what to do if neither parent can attend the register office, please read the GOV.UK guide to registering a stillbirth or contact the register office.
What to bring to the appointment
- the medical certificate issued by the doctor or midwife who was present at the stillbirth.
- date and place of stillbirth
- the full name of the baby - you may, but do not have to, give the baby a forename
- the parents' full names, including maiden name/s if applicable - the father cannot register this on his own unless the parents are married
- the date and place of birth of each parent
- the occupation of each parent
- usual address of each parent
- date of marriage, if married
- the informant's full name and address, if someone other than one of the parents is registering.
What happens next?
We will issue you with three certificates:
- a certificate for burial or cremation - this is required by the funeral director
- a certificate of registration - this certificate is proof of registration and shows the date of the stillbirth and any names given to the child
- a stillbirth certificate - we will issue you a certified copy of all the details held in the register for free and any further copies can be purchased on the day of registration for a fee of £4. Payment can be made by Debit or Credit card.
Croydon Register Office
Ground Floor Offices
Croydon Town Hall
Monday - Friday 9.30am to 4.00pm (Closed on the first Wednesday morning of every month for training )