Certificate of Still Birth

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Nearly 25,000 babies are stillborn in the United States every year. Prior to 2001, there was no acknowledgment of the birth of stillborn babies.   Birth certificates were not filed or issued. Fetal death certificates were not given to grieving parents. There was no official documentation of these births and deaths.


Since 2001 and presently, legislation is being passed in individual states that allows parents the option of receiving a certificate to acknowledge   the birth of their stillborn child. Unfortunately, not all states offer a certificate when a child is stillborn. To check the state list, please visit the Miss Foundation. If your state is not listed, please consider reaching out to the Miss Foundation to help. These certificates will bring much needed attention to this growing, under-researched, public health crisis.

Angel Names Association headquarters is located in New York and applauded the efforts of Still Parents NY – a grassroots organization made up of parents, families, friends, neighbors – that worked to pass the NY Certificate of Still Birth bill. The New York State Certificate of Still Birth law became effective on March 21, 2012. Parents of a stillborn child can apply for their child’s BIRTH certificate, regardless of what year the stillbirth took place. The application process and fees vary depending on where you delivered your child.

Deliveries in New York State (outside NYC): Applications for can be found at the New York State Department of Health website.

Deliveries within the 5 boroughs of New York City: Applications for can be found at the NYS Department of Health and Mental Hygiene website.


Any questions, please email Still Parents NY or visit FaceBook: Still Parents N.Y.