Certificate of Still Birth Law


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Progress Continues

Posted by Paige on February 11, 2012 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Since the law was passed in September, we have been in contact with both the NYS Department of Health and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The development of the certificate is going well as they understand the importance of this new document.


In less than 2 months the application process will be ready. Information on how and when to apply for your child's birth certificate will be posted here or follow us on FaceBook: Still Parents N.Y.


And thank YOU. It is because of your support that the Certificate of Still Birth is now a law which will have a positive impact on thousands of families across New York State.

NY Still Birth Law Public Signing

Posted by Paige on November 6, 2011 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

We have not been granted a ceremonial signing with Governor Cuomo yet. A public signing would be an unique opportunity to bring attention to the tragedy of stillbirths. For so many of us, the possibility of our child being stillborn wasn't a consideration.

You can help to get the message out that stillbirths happen, and it matters, by sending the below email to Governor Cuomo requesting an official ceremonial signing of the Certificate of Still Birth law.

As Always, Thank you for your support!

Copy & Paste the below email and send to: [email protected]

Subject: Still Birth Law Ceremonial Signing

Forward to family & friends and ask them to do the same.


The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo

Governor of New York State

NYS State Capitol Building

Albany, NY 12224

Dear Governor Cuomo,

Thank you for signing the Certificate of Still Birth bill into law on September 23rd!

My [son/daughter/grandchild/niece/nephew] was stillborn on [date], and words can not adequately express what the Certificate of Still Birth will mean to my family. The certificate will provide the comfort and acknowledgement that a fetal death certificate can not.

When you signed the Certificate of Still Birth bill into law, you changed my family's history. We will now have documentation that, although our [son/daughter/etc] died before birth, [he/she] was stillborn.

My family and friends have followed this bill closely and given their support for years, and many have asked if there will be an official signing ceremony. They would welcome the opportunity to thank you personally for your support and, along with the thousands of New Yorkers who endure the tragedy of stillbirth each year, see it become law.

Thank you for your consideration.




NY Certificate of Still Birth PASSES

Posted by Paige on September 24, 2011 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (5)

NY Governor Cuomo signed the Certificate of Still Birth into law on September 23, 2011 !!!


We will have information about how to obtain the certificate as soon as it is ready.


Thank you to all the NY families and those everywhere who helped make this become a law.



For all of our Children.....finally!

Bill on Gov Cuomo's Desk

Posted by Paige on September 14, 2011 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Governor Cuomo has the NY Certificate of Still Birth bill on his desk.   We will know the outcome before or by September 23rd.


What can you and your family do to ensure it's passage?


 ‎#1 Call your Senator. They are already in support of Bill S.3111. Tell them to contact the Gov and relay the message that YOU want this bill.

#2 Mail a letter of support  to Gov Cuomo - OVERNIGHT Delivery is best. Mail it to: Kristin Ross, Legislative Secretary, Capital Room 239, Albany NY 12224. Write on the envelope: S.3111b - Support.

#3 Send the same letter as an email to: [email protected]


Tell your family & friends to make their calls, mail letters, send emails!


We have ONE week to convey the message to the NYS government that families wil be positively impacted by this bill becoming a law.


Still Waiting...

Posted by Paige on July 17, 2011 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (0)

It has been a month since our bill passed the Assembly & Senate. While we have no new updates to report about when Governor Cuomo will sign the bill, we are still working behind the scenes with our contacts.



The waiting can be hard but we will pass along any information as soon as we have it.


There is still time to send (or resend) the below letter of support to the Governor. Ask friends and family for their help in showing their support of the bill.

Bill Would Help Parents of Stillborn Children

Posted by Paige on July 11, 2011 at 8:35 AM

WNYC News,  Fred Mogul-

In June, both houses of New York's legislature passed the Still Birth Certificate Bill by wide margins. If signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo, the bill would give parents of stillborn children the option to get birth certificates and name their children. Currently, New York only issues death certificates in cases of stillbirth.

More than half the states in the country offer some version of a certificate of stillbirth, but New York does not. There are an estimated 1,700 stillbirths each year in New York. The bill would be retroactive, so those mourning a stillbirth that occurred years — or even decades — ago would be eligible to get the certificate.

Assemblywoman Sandy Galef, from Westchester, authored the bill.

"If we help 100 families through their grief with this kind of legislation – or maybe we’re helping a thousand – it’s one more thing that brings closure to what happened," Galef said.

Four years ago, the future son of Jeff and Lori Tieger died in the womb of unknown causes, and Lori delivered the deceased baby after 36 hours of labor.

Amidst their grieving, the Tiegers were disappointed to learn that New York State only issued death certificates.

"A birth certificate is more important than a death certificate," said Jeff Tieger, a Staten Island business consultant. "A birth certificate acknowledges the process and the presence."

But a birth certificate wasn’t an option.

"Granted, a certificate does not fill that void, does not take away that pain," Jeff Tieger said. "But at least it does recognize the impact that a stillbirth has on the families."

The bill, which the Tiegers pushed hard for, would give the parents of stillborns an option to get such a certificate.

The certificate can also be thought of as a memento – something Lehigh University Professor Judith Lasker said can be helpful. She suffered a stillbirth in 1978 and has studied the grief processing around it for more than 30 years, interviewing hundreds of parents.

"A photo, a certificate, a blanket, footprints – for some people that’s just really valuable," said Lasker, co-author of When Pregnancy Fails. "And for others, it may be irrelevant."

Governor Cuomo has not yet announced whether he will sign the bill

Letter to NY Governor Cuomo

Posted by Paige on June 21, 2011 at 6:44 PM Comments comments (0)

We have one last request to ask of you. We need letters mailed to Governor Cuomo. Lots of letters. ASAP.


Below is the letter to use,


Once the Governor signs the bill into law, we will encourage you to write your own thank you note and share your stories, then. But for now, please only use the form letter below. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask me.

Thank you...




Address and mail to: Kristin Ross, Legislative Secretary, Capitol Room 239, Albany NY 12224


On lower left corner of envelope write: "A.8178a / S.3111b In Support of Certificate of Still Birth"







Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo

Governor, State of New York

The Capitol

Albany, NY 12224


Dear Governor Cuomo,


On June 16th the New York legislature overwhelmingly passed a bill to provide a Certificate of Still Birth. Bills A.8178a & S.3111b help provide much-needed comfort, dignity, and documentation to women and their families who have experienced the tragedy of stillbirth. This public health crisis devastates more than 1,700 New York families each year, and nearly 30,000 nationwide.


In [YEAR], I [my sister, my aunt, my brother, my friend, etc] suffered the stillbirth of my [son/daughter/grandchild/niece/nephew, etc] and saw family, friends and colleagues struggle to find words of comfort. With this bill the state recognizes stillbirth as a significant event that others can recognize.


All states, including New York, require the family to pay for funeral and burial or cremation expenses, and a death certificate is issued. Although a fetal demise is considered as both a birth and a death as per NYS Public Health law, until now New York did not consider the option of a Certificate of Still Birth.


This bill will increase awareness of stillbirth, and in doing so may stimulate the allotment of research funds to uncover the etiologies of stillbirth, most of which are unknown at this time. With more information, women and families will be better prepared to maintain healthy pregnancies.


I strongly urge your support of Assembly bill A.8178a and Senate bill S.3111b. Thank you in advance for helping countless New York families who have experienced stillbirth and are eagerly awaiting your support as the bill is signed into law.



Name - Address - Phone

Sen Kennedy Annouces Bill Passes in Senate / Assembly

Posted by Paige on June 17, 2011 at 8:45 AM

June 17, 2011 Albany, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, announced the State Senate and Assembly have passed legislation (S.3111B) to create the Certificate of Still Birth to help heal the pain felt by families enduring the stillbirth of a child.

Currently, the state only issues a fetal death certificate when a child is stillborn – leaving many families feeling that the state does not recognize their stillborn child ever existing. A Certificate of Still Birth will serve as state recognition of the child’s birth and life.

After nearly a decade of logjam, the bill has finally made its way through both chambers of the Legislature. The original bill was first introduced in 2003. Since then, it is estimated that 16,000 children have been stillborn – leaving 16,000 mothers without the option of state recognition of their child’s birth.

“So many families have experienced the tragic loss of a stillbirth. It’s an emotional roller coaster – the excitement and anticipation of expecting a child followed by the deep pain and sadness of losing your son or daughter. Add the physical pain of giving birth, and mothers especially are left feeling an indescribable amount of distress and hurt,” Senator Kennedy said. “Families search out closure, but for years the state has refused to help provide that closure in the form of a Certificate of Still Birth.

“The state only issues a certificate of fetal death – not even recognizing the birth of the stillborn child. The Certificate of Still Birth is a long overdue change that mothers and families deserve for their lost child,” he added. “The certificate is recognition of the birth and life of a stillborn child, and it can provide a sense of closure. It is the least we can do to help heal the pain that families endure after a stillbirth.

“It took a lot of work to finally get the bill approved by both houses of the Legislature, and I thank Still Parents NY for driving this issue forward with their persistent organization of supporters urging action. Thank you also to Assemblymembers Gabryszak and Schroeder, along with Senator Larkin, for the diligent efforts to advance this issue.”

The legislation has been sent to the Governor’s desk and is awaiting his signature to become law.

Once the bill becomes law, a mother, upon the stillbirth of a child, will have the option of receiving a Certificate of Still Birth or simply a certificate of fetal death.


Posted by Paige on June 17, 2011 at 1:04 AM Comments comments (0)

What an amazing night. The bill passed the full Assembly & the full Senate tonight (6/16/11).


Next stop is Governor Cuomo!


We will have information soon on how you can help it pass his desk.


For now....Celebrate!!!

Contact Silver & Kolb

Posted by Paige on June 15, 2011 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (0)
The bill has unanimously passed the Assembly Ways & Means Committee today. It has been reported to the final committee - Rules.

Speaker Sheldon Silver (D) is the Chair of Rules and Assm Brian Kolb (R) is the Minority Leader. We need everyone to contact them.

We only have a few days left until session is over (6/20).
Send an email to both members OR you can call them.

Please Copy & Paste the message below and send to Speaker Silver at [email protected] OR call his office at 518.455.3791



Speaker Silver,

Today you have an opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of countless deserving families.

Assembly Bill 8178a - Certificate of Still Birth - has unanimously passed through the Ways and Means Committee and has been reported to the Rules Committee. The bill has 98 Assembly sponsors; many of them who serve on your committee.

As session draws to a close, we ask for your help. Please immediately put bill A8178a on the Rules Committee Agenda?




Please Copy & Paste the message below and send to Assembly member Brian Kolb at [email protected]assembly.state.ny.us OR call his office at 518-455-3751



Dear Minority Leader Kolb,

Thank you for your continued support of bill A8178a - Certificate of Still Birth. As we enjoy the victory of today’s unanimous Ways and Means Committee vote, we know there are still hurdles to overcome.

Senator Larkin has amended his bill (S.3111b) to be identical and intends to pass it again. In an effort to be proactive, I am sending this e-mail to ask you to speak with Mr. Silver and make him aware that you are in support of A8178a.

Thank you once again, for your support.