Parents who have experienced the devastation of losing a baby before 24 weeks of pregnancy can apply for a certificate to have their grief recognised. The government is committed to ensuring bereaved parents feel supported through their grief and recognise their loss, acknowledging their pain and ensuring they feel heard. The certificates will not be compulsory – it remains the choice of all parents to manage the difficult time of a loss, however they see fit.

Parents can apply for a Baby Loss Certificate if they have experienced a loss under 24 weeks since 1 September 2018, are at least 16 years of age, currently live in England and were living in England at the time of the loss.

Visit Request a baby loss certificate on GOV.UK for more information and to request a certificate.

Last reviewed: February 29, 2024 by Jenny

Next review due: August 29, 2024

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