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What Does It All Mean?

These definitions tell us which certificate to file at the point of delivery.  Any evidence of life requires a Certificate of Live Birth.  If the baby then dies, even if just a moment afterwards, then a Certificate of Death is also required. 

If, however, there are no signs of life at delivery, then a Certificate of Stillbirth alone is required.  No circumstances exist where a stillbirth certificate would be filed in combination with a birth or death certificate.  This decision-making process is illustrated in the Stillbirth Flowchart (pdf, 128kb ).


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