Stillbirth documents

Eligibility

Make sure you are eligible to order the stillbirth document.

What’s important to know

After 75 years have passed (from the date the child was stillborn), anyone may apply through the Provincial Archives of Alberta for a 

  • copy of a child's Registration of Stillbirth
  • copy of that child's Medical Certificate of Stillbirth

The following eligibility requirements apply to 

  • copies of Registrations of Stillbirth that are not yet 75 years old
  • copies of Medical Certificates of Stillbirth that are not yet 75 years old

Applicants for certified copies of Registrations of Stillbirth and Certificates of Registration

  1. a next-of-kin* to the stillborn child
    • proof of relationship or an Affidavit of Relationship must be attached to the application (an Affidavit of Relationship is provided by a registry agent)
  2. a relative of the stillborn child when there are no living next-of-kin* (described in a above)
    • proof of relationship or an Affidavit of Relationship must be attached to the application (an Affidavit of Relationship is provided by a registry agent)
  3. a person with a court order that states they are eligible
    • a copy of the order must be attached to the application
    • the court order must have been issued within 1 year of the application
  4. a funeral home representative who is making arrangements for the stillborn child (at the time of stillbirth) 
    • proof of occupation must be attached to the application
  5. a lawyer for a person described in (a) to (c)
    • a copy of a valid Law Society card must be attached to the application

Applicants for Medical Certificates of Stillbirth

  1. a next-of-kin* to the stillborn child
    • proof of relationship must be attached to the application
  2. a person with a court order that states they are eligible
    • a copy of the order must be attached to the application
    • the court order must have been issued within 1 year of the application
  3. a guardian or trustee of the next-of-kin* of the stillborn born child  
    • a copy of the legal document must be attached to the application
    • proof of the next-of-kin* relationship or an Affidavit of Relationship must be attached to the application (an Affidavit of Relationship is provided by a registry agent)
  4. a lawyer for a person described in (a) to (c)
    • a copy of a valid Law Society card must be attached to the application

*Next-of-kin

Next-of-kin refers to the following people:

  • parents
  • siblings
  • children
  • spouse
  • adult interdependent partner

The following people are not considered next-of-kin:

  • in-laws
  • step relatives
  • grandchildren
  • children of the siblings

People who have been adopted or who have placed their child for adoption are not “next-of-kin” to biological relations.

Contact this service

780-427-7013 (Edmonton)

310-0000, then 780-427-7013 (toll-free in Alberta)

8:15 am - 4:30 pm (Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)