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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.

This is how it works for you

Your (future) place of residence falls under:

Here is some information from your municipality.

Registering a stillbirth

A stillbirth can be a devastating, harrowing experience. We therefore help you as best we can with the paperwork.

When and where to register?

You must must register the stillbirth before the burial or cremation in the municipality where your child was born. The municipality will draw up a birth certificate for a stillbirth.

Who can register the stillbirth?

  • one of the parents
  • the funeral director
  • someone who was present at the birth, e.g. a friend or family member
  • hospital staff

Registering a stillbirth

Please make an appointment to register a stillbirth by calling 14 043.

Permission for funeral or cremation

You will need our permission (leave) to bury or cremate your stillborn child. You will get permission immediately once you have registered your child’s stillbirth

If the pregnancy was less than 24 weeks and your child did not live or lived for less than 24 hours, permission (leave) is not required by law. However, it is possible to get leave in this situation. Please call 14 043 for more information.

Registration in the BRP

You can register your stillborn child in the Basisregistratie Personen - BRP (Personal Records Database). This is not compulsory and is only done upon request.

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of Maastricht

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Last updated on 27 September 2022