If your baby was stillborn after 24 completed weeks of pregnancy, or was born alive at any stage of pregnancy and then died, he or she must, by law, be formally buried or cremated. Before this can take place, the baby’s birth and death or stillbirth must be registered. (The requirement to register before the funeral may change in 2014) The staff looking after you will tell you what you need to do.
If your baby was born dead before 24 weeks you can also have a funeral but it is not required by law.
For detailed information please read or download Deciding about a funeral for your baby. A printed copy of Deciding about a funeral for your baby can be ordered from our shop.
Urgent funerals - If for religious reasons, you need to hold the funeral very quickly, most registrars will register a stillbirth or a death out of normal office hours if necessary. The hospital staff will be able to give you the information you need to arrange this. (The requirement to register before the funeral may change in 2014. The hospital staff will tell you what you need to do.).