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The stillbirth or loss of a child shortly after birth is a difficult time for parents and family members. We acknowledge the emotional hardship you are faced with during this time.
A stillbirth which occurs in NSW is legally required to be registered as a birth and will contain a notation of the stillbirth. At the time of registration you also have the option to purchase a birth certificate. As a stillbirth is not registered as a death, the Registry cannot issue a death certificate.
If your baby died shortly after birth, you still need to register the birth of your child. You also have the option to purchase a birth certificate at this time. The funeral director will submit all relevant paperwork relating to the death and may make an application for the death certificate on your behalf.
You must provide three forms of current identification for each parent. You can choose to scan or take a clear photo of the three forms of ID you'll be using for both parents. Make sure each ID document is saved on your computer as a
JPEG, PDF or TIFF file and that each file is less than 20 MB in size. You will be asked to upload these documents during the online birth registration process.
If you wish to purchase a birth certificate at the time of registration you will need to have a credit or debit card ready.
You can recognise your early pregnancy loss with a commemorative A4 size certificate free of charge. You are eligible to apply if:
To apply for a commemorative certificate, download and complete a Recognition of early pregnancy loss application - PDF
You can lodge the application by email, post or in person.
There’s no time limit for applying for these certificates. It is your responsibility to obtain supporting documentation for deliveries under 20 weeks gestation.