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DOH presentation on new Certificate of Still Birth - Webconference

May 15, 2012

1 - 2 p.m.

A new law that went into effect March 21 establishes a Certificate of Still Birth in New York State and includes new obligations for hospitals to notify parents or other family members of the availability of the new certificate in certain cases of unintended fetal death.  HANYS’ May 15 Webconference with DOH will discuss this new law.


In response to advocacy by parents who wanted recognition of their child’s birth when their infant was stillborn, New York passed a law that establishes a process for issuance of a Certificate of Still Birth.  For the purposes of this law, the term still birth is defined as “the unintended intrauterine death of a fetus that occurs after the clinical estimate of the twentieth week of gestation.”


DOH will generate the certificates for areas outside New York City; the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will do so for the five boroughs.  Under the law, hospitals are obligated to inform parents or other relatives, in writing, of the right to receive the Certificate of Still Birth.  The parents or other family members then apply to the state or city health department for the certificates.  DOH sent out model applications forms hospitals may use to distribute to parents requesting these certificates.  The forms are available on HANYS’ Web site, under the “Letters/Notices” heading.

It is important for hospitals to continue to complete the separate Certificate of Fetal Death form as currently mandated by Public Health Law.  Information on this form will be used to create the Certificate of Still Birth.  More information about fetal death reporting is available on the DOH Web site.  New York City providers may visit the city’s Web sitefor more information.

Specific questions about this law may be sent in advance of the Webconference to Karen Roach, Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs and Rural Health, at, so they may be addressed during the program.


Who should attend

The following professionals are appropriate for this program:

  • Chief Operating Officers
  • Chief Nursing Officers
  • Chief Medical Officers
  • Chief Information Officers


Jim Meany, Office of Vital Records, Department of Health

Guy Warner, Office of Information Systems and Health Statistics Group, Department of Health

Continuing eduction credits

There are no continuing education credits being offered with this program.


The registration deadline is May 11.  If you have questions regarding registration, please contact Christopher Guyon at or at (518) 431-7834.

Program materials

Login instructions and program handouts will be e-mailed to registrants two business days prior to the Webconference.

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