Registration of births

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1. Registering a birth

All births must be registered within 42 days of the baby's birth.

If the parents of the child are married to each other then either parent may register the birth.

If the baby’s parents are not married to each other and the mother wishes to have the father’s details entered in the register, he will have to attend with her to register the birth. If this is not possible then contact the Register Office for further information.

The law allows unmarried fathers to have equal parental responsibility, all you need to do is register your baby’s birth together.

Registering A Still Birth

Advice about registering a still-birth in England and Wales may be obtained from your local registrar – if the still-birth occurred in Stockport, please contact the registrar on 0161 217 6007.