Certificate of Still Birth Law

New York Certificate of Still Birth becomes Law

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

Parents of a stillborn child can apply for their child's BIRTH certificate (in addition to their death certificate). There are NO restrictions on what year the stillbirth occurred. 

The certificates will be available effective March 21, 2012. Applications can be printed here.

Why the NY Certificate of Still Birth bill is important.

  Nearly 30,000 babies are stillborn in the US every year, making it the leading cause of infant death. In NYS, the number of annual deaths is reaching 2000.
  In New York State, if you have a stillbirth there was no acknowledgement of the birth. Birth certificates were not filed or issued. Fetal death certificates are filed but not issued -- unless requested by the parents. 
  In New York City, the death certificate is called a Certificate of Spontaneous Termination of Pregnancy. For the rest of NYS, the death certificate is called a Fetal Death Certificate
  This legislation now allows parents whose children are stillborn the option to receive a Certificate of Still Birth to acknowledge the birth.
  These certificates will bring much needed attention to this growing, under-researched, public health crisis.
  We thank the members of the 2011 New York State Assembly and Senate for passing this bill.