Register a stillbirth

The death of a baby is a very upsetting time. Our registrars will deal with you sympathetically and professionally to make the registration process as smooth as possible.

A stillborn child is a baby born after the 24th week of pregnancy, who did not breathe or show any other signs of life after being born.

Making an appointment

Bradford Royal Infirmary or Airedale General Hospital staff may make an appointment for you to register the stillbirth. Or you can contact the Register Office on 01274 432151 for an appointment.

Where can I register?

You can register a stillbirth at either at The Register Office in Bradford or the Registrar’s Office in Keighley.

Should you wish to register in a different district then you should contact the registrar on 01274 432151 who will explain what you need to do.

What to I need to bring?

You must bring the certificate issued by the doctor or midwife.

Who can register a stillbirth?

If the parents were married to each other:

  • either the mother or the father.

If the parents were not married to each other:

  • the mother and father together 
  • the mother.

If the information about the father is not recorded at the time it may be possible to include his details later. Please ask the registrar.

If the parents were in a civil partnership please ask the registrar what you need to do.

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. If this is the case please contact the registrar for advice on who else may register.

What information will I need to supply?

You will be asked to supply information such as:

  • date and place of stillbirth 
  • names of the child 
  • father’s details and occupation 
  • mother’s details and occupation.

It is most important that the information recorded in the register is correct. If there is a mistake it could be difficult to put right after the register is signed.

What if I need an interpreter?

If you have difficulty communicating in English you must bring along a friend or relative to act as interpreter, but they cannot complete the register without you.

What certificates will I get?

The registrar will issue a free certificate of registration of the stillbirth.

You can also buy copies of the certificate.

The registrar will also issue a certificate for arranging the funeral which you need to give to the funeral director.

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Contact details

Bradford and Keighley Register Office
City Hall
Centenary Square

Phone : 01274 432151
Fax : 01274 305139

Opening times
Please note: Still-birth registrations are by appointment only.

Monday to Friday:
9am to 4.30pm

By appointment only

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