Thursday, February 28, 2019

Death of a baby

What to do first

You'll need to get the medical certificate of cause of death (MCCD) or the certificate of stillbirth from the staff. If your baby was born alive you'll also be given a birth card.

You must register the death. You'll need the MCCD or certificate of stillbirth to do this. If your baby was born alive, you'll also need to register your baby’s birth.

You should think about the funeral. Many hospitals will have an arrangement with a particular funeral director, or can put you in touch with one, or you can contact a funeral director of your choice. You can speak with the funeral director before you register the death if you wish.

From 13th of May 2015, changes were made to the way that deaths are registered in Scotland, this means that all deaths must be registered before a burial or cremation takes place. Consideration will be given to special circumstances. Find out more about the changes on the Healthcare Improvement Scotland website.

You may need help to do all these things. Relatives, friends or neighbours may be able to support you.

Taking your baby home

  • Some parents may wish to take their baby home until the funeral. If you'd like to do this please let the midwife caring for you know.
  • You'll be able to take your baby home in your car, but hospital staff may need to inform the police that you are doing this in case you are involved in an accident or stopped by police for any reason.
  • Once you're at home you may be asked to contact the hospital ward to let them know you've arrived safely.
  • When a post-mortem is to be carried out it's best to discuss with the funeral director your wish to take your baby home. You will be sensitively advised as to how you can manage this. The funeral director will arrange to bring your baby from the hospital to your home.

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