If the parents are married to each other, either parent can register the stillbirth. If the parents are not married to each other, then:
- if you want the father's details to be entered in the register, both parents can go and sign the stillbirth register together
- if the father is unable to go to the register office, but you still want his details included, he will need to make a statutory declaration confirming that he is the baby’s father - you will need to give this to the registrar
- if the mother is unable to go to the register office with the father, she may make a statutory declaration to confirm who is the baby’s father - you will need to give this to the registrar.
A statutory declaration is a legal document. It is used to confirm something to be true for the purpose of satisfying a legal requirement or regulation, when no other evidence is available.
If neither the mother nor father is able to attend, the following people can register:
- the occupier of the hospital or house where the stillbirth took place
- someone who was present at the stillbirth
- someone who is responsible for the stillborn child
- the person who found the stillborn child, where the date and place of the stillbirth are unknown.