London Borough of Barnet

Registering a stillbirth

A stillbirth should be registered at a register office within 42 days.

Where to register a stillbirth

It is best to register a stillbirth at the register office in the district where it occurred.

To register a stillbirth in Barnet please call 020 8359 6400 to make an appointment.

What to bring to the register office

A medical certificate of stillbirth issued by the doctor or midwife.

Who can register a stillbirth

If the parents are married:

  • the mother
  • the father

If the parents aren't married:

  • the mother
  • the father if a 'signed declaration' has been made by the mother

For full details of who can register a still birth, 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 is the difference between a stillbirth and a death?

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 death is when a baby has lived, no matter how long, and subsequently dies. 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.

Barnet Registration and Nationality Service

Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 9am to 4pm

Enquiries: Contact us online

182 Burnt Oak Broadway, Edgware, London HA8 0AU

Tel: 020 8359 6400

Fax: 020 8952 7352