A stillbirth is registered with the municipality in which the child was born. The municipality then issues a birth certificate (geboorteakte) for a stillbirth. It does not matter how long the pregnancy lasted.
A birth certificate for a stillbirth is an official document, proving that your baby was born.
The birth certificate for a stillbirth is recorded in the Registers van de burgerlijke stand (Register of Births, Deaths, Marriages and Civil Partnerships)
Choosing a surname for a stillborn baby
You may choose your child’s surname, which can be either the father’s or the mother’s surname. This choice does not affect the names of any subsequent children, meaning that you can choose a different surname in the future.
You can also register your stillborn baby in the Personal Records Database (Basisregistratie Personen – BRP) if you wish. This is a different procedure from registering the birth of your baby as stillborn.
This is how it works for you
Here is some information from your municipality.
Municipality of Epe: Registering a stillborn baby
A stillbirth can be registered by:
- the father or female partner of the mother;
- the mother;
- an employee of the hospital;
- the funeral home;
- others who know about the death.
Registration in the BRP
You can register your stillborn child in the Personal Records Database (Basisregistratie Personen – BRP) if you are living in the Netherlands or plan to do so.
The death must be registered before the funeral or cremation takes place.
If your child was stillborn, make an appointment with the municipality where your child was born to register the birth. When the register the birth, you have the opportunity to acknowledge your parenthood of your stillborn child. You can also have your child recorded in your marriage booklet (trouwboekje).
Booking an appointment
Contact details are not yet available for your municipality.
Questions about this topic?
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