The stillbirth of a child is a difficult time for parents, family and friends.

While we acknowledge the emotional hardship you're facing, it's a legal requirement that the birth of your child is registered. There's no fee to do this. See Register a birth.

In registering the birth, your child will be remembered in Victoria's records. It also gives you the option to buy a birth certificate in their memory. (Certificates are marked as stillborn.)

A baby is said to be stillborn if he or she is lost after having been carried in the womb for 20 weeks or more, or weighs over 400 grams at birth. Your medical practitioner is responsible for determining this.

Grief support services

Support is available for you and your family and friends. Contact one of the following organisations:

Stillbirth and Neo-Natal Death Support Victoria (SANDS) (External link)
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Victoria (SIDS) (External link)
Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement (External link)

To find a record of a stillborn child

To find the record of a stillborn child, start an application for a birth certificate and we may be able to help you.

Full records for the birth of stillborn babies have only been kept since 1986. Partial information was kept between 1956 and 1986, and nothing before then. Due to limited records, it may take longer than our standard turnaround times to help you.