Renfrewshire Council

Coronavirus and arrangements to register a stillbirth
Please call 0300 300 0310 as our registration offices at Renfrew, Renfrewshire House and Johnstone Town Hall are closed currently.

Register a still-birth

You can register a still-birth at any registration office in Scotland within 21 days. However, in exceptional circumstances (for example, if the mother is ill or the father is unavailable), a short postponement can be arranged in consultation with the registrar.

How to contact us

Our registration offices are closed to the public just now but you can contact us on 0300 300 0310 or email:

We can help during normal office hours Monday to Friday.

Who can register a still-birth

If the parents are married to each other or in a civil partnership with each other, the still- birth can be registered by either the father or mother or second female parent.

If the parents are not married to each other, and the father/second female parent's name is to be entered into the register, he/she must attend along with the mother. 

If the birth is registered by the mother alone, the father/second female parent's details will not be shown unless he/she signs a statutory declaration in the presence of a local Councillor, Justice of the Peace or Notary Public.

During the Coronavirus outbreak, the process of certification has changed. Medical staff will ask for your contact details and ask which registration office you intend to deal with. They will pass these details along with the  the Certificate of Still-Birth, to the Registrar, copying you in. Once we have this form, we can start the registration process. The doctor or midwife will also post the hard-copy certificate to us.

Where you can register a still-birth

A still-birth that occurred in Scotland can be registered at any registration office in Scotland. In Renfrewshire, we register still-births in Paisley, Renfrew and Johnstone but our registration offices are closed at the moment and our registration process is carried out over the phone. See our contact details above.

Information and document you need

  • The certificate of still-birth (Form 6).
  • Full name and surname of the child (if the informant wishes).
  • Sex, date, place and exact time of still-birth of the child.
  • Mother's full name, maiden surname (if this applies), occupation and date of birth.
  • Father's/parent's full name, occupation and date of birth (if this applies).
  • Place and date of your marriage or civil partnership (if this applies).
  • Your marriage certificate or civil partnership certificate (if this applies).

If no certificate of still-birth (Form 6) is produced, the still-birth registration may go ahead after the qualified informant has completed a declaration as to still-birth (Form 7).

Documents you will receive

  • A certificate of registration of still-birth (Form 8) for production to the burial ground keeper or crematorium where the burial or cremation is taking place.
  • If one of the parents registers the still-birth and requests it, a still-birth certificate, issued free of charge.