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This section helps to explain how a stillbirth is registered.

Where can a stillbirth be registered?

If the stillbirth occurred in Scotland it may be registered in East Ayrshire.

Do I need an appointment?

Yes, all registration business operates on an appointment system. Please contact us.

Registrations will continue to be done remotely (over the telephone) and documents posted to families first class, there is also an option to pick documents up at the Burns Monument Centre once the registration is complete.  If there is an urgent need for a face to face appointment this will be accommodated where possible. 

The certificate of stillbirth will be sent electronically to us once it has been completed by the doctor or midwife, there is no need for you to bring a copy of this to us.

Who can register a stillbirth?

If the parents are married to each other, the mother or the father can register. If the parents are unmarried, then the mother must be present at the registration. However, if the father acknowledges paternity and wishes his name to be on the entry, he must also attend the registration.

How soon do I need to register?

You must register within 21 days, although the Registrar may allow a little longer in certain circumstances.

How much does it cost?

The registration is free.

Can I record the name of the baby at registration? 

Yes. You can record the name of the baby at registration, but only if you want to. 

Can I get a copy of the stillbirth certificate?

Yes, a certificate is usually given if a parent asks. If the request is made within one month of registration, the extract is free.

The Registrar will email the Form 8 - a certificate of registration of stillbirth to your appointed funeral director immediately after registration.. 

Contact Information


Registration Services
Burns Monument Centre
Kay Park, Kilmarnock
Telephone: 01563 576695
Telephone: 01563 576696