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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.

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

Your (future) place of residence falls under:

Here is some information from your municipality.

Register lifeless child

A lifeless child can be registered in the Basic Registration of Persons (BRP).

Still registering

This also applies to children born lifeless longer ago. Even if your child died shortly after birth and was not registered. It does not matter after how many weeks of pregnancy your child was born or how long ago that was.

Was your child born in the municipality of De Bilt? Contact the municipality at 030 - 228 94 11. We will then check whether a deed already exists or what needs to be done in your case to draw it up.

Adding first names

It is also possible that the certificate of a child born long ago (lifeless) does not contain first names. This can still be done. Contact us at 030 - 228 94 11 to find out what needs to be done in your case to add the first name(s) to the certificate.

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of De Bilt

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Soestdijkseweg Zuid 173

3721AB Bilthoven

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Last updated on 27 September 2022