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. You do this in the municipality where you live.
This is how it works for you
Here is some information from your municipality.
Registering a stillborn baby in the Netherlands
Parents who wish to do so can register their still-born child in the Personal Records Database (BRP). This also applies to children for whom a Dutch certificate has been drawn up stating that the child was not alive at the time of the declaration. To register, you can make an appointment. Please contact the municipality at phone number 140 180 or +31 180 698 398.
Your loss is a major, sad event. We therefore try to help you as best as possible with the administrative side of this.
Contact details are not yet available for your municipality.
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