A specialist performs an ultrasound in a clinic in Madrid, in a file image.
Babies who died before birth with more than six months of gestation must be registered in the Civil Registry and may have a name, according to an instruction from the General Directorate of Legal Security and Public Faith published this Wednesday in the Official State Gazette (BOE). ). The measure, which will not have legal effects, is also applicable to those who died prior to its implementation, provided that the parents request it within the next two years. Until now, the data of these deaths were recorded in the “file of abortive creatures”, a document where there was no space to write down the baby’s name. In recent years, many parents have requested a change in the regulations to be able to register their children in the family book.
Once the Civil Registry has received the medical certificate proving the death that occurred after the first six months of gestation and birth, the corresponding file will be opened in the physical book or in digital mode. The Registry will file and keep the declarations of the deaths of the unborn, signed by the declarant (one or both parents) and two physicians, indicating the name of the stillborn. This record will have an index in which the name and surname of the mother and, where appropriate, that of the child will appear, and will be numbered correlatively in order to facilitate the search. In the same way, the parents will receive a certification that will include the details of the birth and the name of the unborn son or daughter.
For deaths that occur before August 9, when the regulatory amendment comes into force, parents may request registration in the Civil Registry, either at their home or where the death is recorded in the file of abortive creatures, where it will be located. Matching data of the unborn will be located for comparison and subsequent registration in the File of stillbirths after six months of gestation.
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