A stillborn child is legally defined as a child born after the 24th week of pregnancy who did not show any signs of life at any time after being born. Registering the baby allows parents to have their child officially named and acknowledged.
If a child is born alive – before or after the 24th week – but dies shortly afterwards, the event is registered in a slightly different way. The register office will be able to advise you on this.
Contact the Portsmouth register office by email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 023 9282 9041 to make an appointment with a registrar. The address is Milldam House, Burnaby Road, Portsmouth, PO1 3AF. Opening hours are 9am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday.