Certificate of Still Birth Law

How to Apply

Certificate of Still Birth 

The New York State Certificate of Still Birth is available effective March 21, 2012.

Parents of a stillborn child can apply for their child's BIRTH certificate, regardless of what year the stillbirth took place.

Deliveries within the 5 boroughs of New York City: 

Applications for NYC can be found at the NYS Department of Health and Mental Hygiene website. There are two applications that must be completed. One is to request the Certificate of Still Birth, the second is to correct it - which enables one to add the name of the child. 

Deliveries in New York State (outside NYC): 

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

 

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FAQ - Certificate of Still Birth

How long should the application process take?

At the beginning of the process we anticipate that from the time an application arrives until we send out a certificate it will take approximately 8 to 10 weeks.

Why the current turn-around time?

When staff receives an application they need to review the application for completeness.  A search of the associated Fetal Death is done.  This is a manual process done by a limited number of staff; due to the sensitivity of the data limited people have access to the data.  The information contained on the application is compared to the information contained on the Fetal Death certificate.  If there are differences in some cases we can use the notarized application to update the Fetal Death Certificate.

Can you give some examples of things that can be updated on the Fetal Death Certificate using the application for the Certificate of Still Birth and items that cannot be updated?

Often the stillborn child’s name is different or missing on the Fetal Death Certificate.  We can use the application for the Certificate of Still Birth to update the Fetal Death Certificate and thus the Certificate of Still Birth.  The same is true with the mother’s name.  We cannot, however, use this method to update the father’s name if there was none listed on the Fetal Death Certificate.  In this case we would produce a Certificate of Still Birth without a father’s name and also include a blank affidavit that will need to be completed by both the mother and father to have the name updated.  Once that affidavit is notarized and returned we will reproduce the Certificate of Still Birth, complete with the father’s name, at no additional charge.

If we have any questions on the process or would like an update, whom do we contact?    

Because Department staff cannot discuss specifics regarding the Certificate of Still Birth or the Fetal Death Certificate over the phone or by email, you may contact the Director of Vital Records, Guy Warner, at the following address should you have any questions:

New York State Department of Health

CSB Unit

PO BOX 2602

Albany, NY 12220 – 2602

Attn: Guy Warner

 6.21.12

NYS Fetal Death Certificate

If your child was stillborn in New York State (outside of the boroughs of NYC), you can receive a Fetal Death Certificate.

There is no charge for this death certificate.

Applications can be obtained by emailing the New York State Department of Health at vr@health.state.ny.us or downloading the application.

Applications can be mailed, along with proper photo id.

For additional information, contact the NYS DOH at 518.474.3077

NYC Fetal Death Certificate

If your child was stillborn in one of the FIVE boroughs of New York City (Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island) you can receive a Certificate of Spontaneous Termination of Pregnancy (Fetal Death Certificate).

There is no charge for this death certificate.

Applications can be found at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/vr/vr-stop.shtml.

Applications can be submitted in person or mailed, along with proper photo id.

For additional information, contact the NYC DOHMH at 212.639.9675