Registering your baby’s birth

Congratulations on the birth of your baby! Details of how to register the birth can be found in the pack given to you by your midwife.

If you live in England, Wales or Northern Ireland you must register your baby’s birth at your local registry office within 42 days (six weeks). If you can’t register the birth in the area where your baby was born, you can go to another registry office and they will send your details on to the right place.

What information will I be asked to provide?

When you go to register the birth, make sure you know or have to hand:

  • The date and the place your baby was born
  • The name(s) you have chosen and the surname you wish your baby to have
  • The sex of the baby
  • Names, surnames and address of both parents
  • The place and date of birth of both parents
  • The date of the parents’ marriage/civil partnership where this applies
  • Mother’s maiden name (her surname before marriage, if applicable)
  • Parents’ employment details

You might not be asked to provide all of this information, depending on who is registering the birth, but it’s best to arrive prepared.

You’ll also need to take at least one form of identification with you. For example:

  • Your passport
  • Your birth certificate
  • Your deed poll (if you have changed your surname)
  • Your driving licence
  • A proof of address (e.g. Council tax bill)
  • Your marriage or civil partnership certificate

You should also take your child’s personal child health record or ‘red book’, as some registrars may ask to see it.

You can find out more from the website.

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Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust runs a confidential secure text messaging service for parents of children aged 0-19 years called Chat Health. The service operates Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm, excluding bank holidays. All texts will be responded to by a public health nurse (health visitor/school nurse) within 24 hours. Outside of the service working hours, you’ll receive a message back to inform you that your text will be responded to once the line reopens.

Should you require urgent health advice in the meantime, please contact your GP, visit an NHS walk-in centre or call NHS 111. For emergencies, dial 999 or visit A&E.

Leicester City: text 07520 615381

Leicestershire & Rutland: text 07520 615382

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