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Registering a stillborn baby in the Netherlands

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.

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Registering and reporting a stillborn child

If your child was stillborn, you must register it with the registry office of the municipality where your child was born. You will receive a birth certificate (lifeless) from the municipality. You can also register your child in the Personal Records Database (BRP). You do this at the municipality where you live.

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If your child was born stillborn after a pregnancy of 24 weeks or more, you must report it to the municipality. You may register a pregnancy less than 24 weeks. You do this at the municipality where your child was born.

The municipality draws up a birth certificate (lifeless). This is official proof that your child has been born. The birth certificate (lifeless) is registered in the death register of the civil registry and not in the birth register.

Did your child die shortly after birth? In that case, you must register the birth in the municipality where your child was born. You will receive a birth certificate. If your child was born and died in the same municipality, you must also register the death there. Did your child die in another municipality? Then you register the death in that municipality.

Has it been a while since your child was born lifeless or has lived a short life? It doesn't matter how long ago it happened. You can still register the birth in the municipality where your child was born. Is there already a deed of your child, but it does not contain a first name? The municipality can state a name on the deed.

You can also register your child in the Personal Records Database (BRP). You register your child in the municipality where you live. Your child will then be registered under your name in the BRP. Both parents can do this. Registration does not happen automatically when you file a tax return.

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of Goeree-Overflakkee

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Last updated on 27 September 2022