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Stillbirth / Fetal Death/ Certificate of Birth Resulting in Stillbirth
Effective Nov 1, 2015, a Fetal Death (or Stillbirth) occurs when the fetus dies prior to a complete delivery and is required to be reported to the Oklahoma State Department of Health when it occurs at 12 or more weeks gestation. [O.S. 63.1-301 8] Note: Prior to Nov 1, 2015, stillbirths were required to be filed at 20 or more weeks gestation.
In accordance with Oklahoma State Statutes, a Stillbirth (Fetal Death) certificate must be filed within three (3) days after the delivery for registration. The funeral director or person acting as such who first assumes custody of a fetus shall file the fetal death certificate. In the absence of such a person, the physician or other person in attendance at or after the delivery shall file the certificate of fetal death. He shall obtain the personal data from the next of kin or the best-qualified person or source available. He shall complete the certificate as to personal data and deliver the certificate to that person responsible for completing the medical certification of cause of death within twenty-four (24) hours after delivery. The medical certification shall be completed and signed within forty-eight (48) hours after delivery by the physician in attendance at or after delivery, except when inquiry into the cause of death is required by Section 938 of this title [O.S. 63.1-318]
By state law, Certificate of Birth Resulting in a Stillbirth are not open for public inspection and may only be requested by the parent of the stillborn child. By signing the request, you are indicating that you are the parent of record.
A photocopy of a valid government issued photo ID by either the applicant or an individual attesting for the applicant is required for issuance of certificates.
Application For Stillbirth Certificate (142.9k PDF)
If you have any questions, you can send an e-mail to AskVR@health.ok.gov or call our office at (405) 271.4040
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