Registering a Birth, Stillbirth or Death

Practicalities

This information is correct as of May 2016*

If and when to register

If your baby was born dead before 24 completed weeks of pregnancy your baby’s birth cannot be registered. However, you can request our “Recognition of Life” certificate as a keepsake to commemorate your baby. We can email this to you or, we can send you one by post.

If your baby was stillborn after 24 weeks of completed pregnancy you need to register your baby’s birth within 6 weeks. You do not have to register a name for your baby, but you cannot add a name later or change the name you have given.

If your baby was born alive at any stage of pregnancy and then died, you need to register you baby’s death within 5 working days. You can register the birth at the same time. You do not have to register a name for your baby, but you cannot add a name later or change that name you have given.

Infants and children who live and then die at any age, you need to register their death within 5 working days.

It would be ideal to have someone there with you when you register your child’s death. You will have an appointment time allocated to you, and you do not have to rush the appointment. The Register’s understand how traumatic it is to register your child’s death, in any circumstance; so take your time.

Who can register a birth or stillbirth?

If the baby’s parents are married, either the mother or the father can register the birth or the stillbirth.

If an unmarried mother goes to the register office alone, and both parents want the father’s name in the register; she must give the registrar a declaration, signed by the father infront of a justice of the peace, a practising solicitor or notary public, confirming that he is the father. You can ask the Registry Office for the name of a suitable person in your area.

If an unmarried man goes to the registry office alone, and both parents want his name in the register, he must give the registrar a declaration, signed by the father infront of a justice of the peace, a practising solicitor or notary public, confirming that he is the father. You can ask the Registry Office for the name of a suitable person in your area.

 

Who can register a neonatal death?

If a baby is born alive and then dies, the death can be registered either by both the parents or by just one parent, whether they are  married or not. If the baby’s birth has not yet been registered, this can be done at the same time (see above) If neither parent is able to register the death, another relative, someone else who was present at the death, or a member of the hospital staff can register.

There will be a small fee for death certificates and the registrar will give you a form for the funeral director.

 

What documents should I bring with me?

You should bring the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death issued by the doctor or the Coronor’s Certificate of Finding (as applicable) with you to your registration appointment. Without this document, the Registrar cannot proceed with the registration.

Although not essential, it is very helpful if you can bring the following documentation belonging to the deceased to your registration appointment to verify information:-

  • Birth certificate
  • Marriage certificate (if applicable)
  • ID (e.g. passport, driving licence, medical card, etc)
  • Change of name documentation (if applicable)

Contact information for all the Island’s Registry Offices can be found here

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