Stillbirth documents

How it works

The Government keeps a record of all registered stillbirths that take place in Alberta and can only issue documents for these stillbirths.

There are 4 kinds of stillbirth documents to order from the Government of Alberta:

  • Certificate of Registration of Stillbirth
  • Photocopy of a Registration of Stillbirth
  • Photocopy of a Medical Certificate of Stillbirth
  • Stillbirth record search

Certificate of Registration of Stillbirth

Official certificates are not produced for stillbirths. Instead, the Government of Alberta offers a Certificate of Registration of Stillbirth as a commemorative certificate. This is not an official government document. The Photocopy of the Registration of Stillbirth is the official document and is issued with a Certificate of Registration of Stillbirth.

The Certificate of Registration of Stillbirth includes:

  • full name of the stillborn child
  • date of stillbirth
  • place of stillbirth
  • sex of the child
  • mother's name
  • father/co-parent's name
  • registration number
  • registration date

Photocopy of a Registration of Stillbirth

This is a photocopy of a registration form completed at the time of stillbirth, usually by the mother.

A photocopy of a Registration of Stillbirth usually includes:

  • full name of the stillborn child
  • date of stillbirth
  • place of stillbirth
  • sex of the child
  • mother's name
  • mother's place of birth
  • father/co-parent's name
  • father/co-parent's place of birth
  • registration number
  • registration date

There is always an official raised seal and red stamp on the back of the photocopy stating it is a certified true copy of the original registration.

Photocopy of a Medical Certificate of Stillbirth

This document is a photocopy of the medical form completed at the time of stillbirth by the attending physician or medical examiner (as is applicable). This document contains the medical information related to the medical cause of stillbirth.

A photocopy of a Medical Certificate of Stillbirth includes:

  • full name of the stillborn child
  • date of stillbirth
  • place of stillbirth
  • sex of the child
  • medical cause of stillbirth
  • name of attending physician or medical examiner
  • registration number

There is always an official raised seal and red stamp on the back of the photocopy stating it is a certified true copy of the original registration.

Stillbirth record search

A stillbirth record search will tell you if a record was found, but will not provide any other information.

What’s important to know

Altering and/or laminating Vital Statistics documents makes them invalid. 

Application for copies of Registrations of Stillbirth 75 years old and older (from the date of stillbirth) must be made through the Provincial Archives of Alberta.

Application for copies of Medical Certificates of Stillbirth 75 years old and older (from the date of stillbirth) must be made through the Provincial Archives of Alberta.

Contact this service

780-427-7013 (Edmonton)

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

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

Related services

Correcting a stillbirth record