AN ACT RELATIVE TO CERTIFICATES OF BIRTH RESULTING IN STILLBIRTH.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
Chapter 46 of the General Laws
is hereby amended by inserting after section 1 the following section:-
Section 1½. The state registrar shall establish a certificate of birth
resulting in stillbirth for fetal deaths, as defined in section
202 of chapter 111, occurring in the commonwealth after a gestational period
of 20 weeks or more. The certificate shall be issued only at the request of
either individual listed as mother or father on the report of fetal death. The
certificate of birth resulting in stillbirth shall meet all of the format requirements
for a certificate of live birth as provided in this chapter and in section
4 of chapter 17. If the parents of the stillborn child decide not to name
the stillborn child, the person preparing a certificate of birth resulting in
stillbirth shall leave blank any references to the stillborn child's name.
The certificate of birth resulting in stillbirth shall be filed with the
state registrar within 10 days after the delivery. When a birth
resulting in stillbirth occurring in the commonwealth has not been registered
1 year after the date of delivery, a certificate marked "delayed" may be
and registered in accordance with regulations of the
of public health relating to evidentiary and other requirements sufficient to
substantiate the alleged facts of birth resulting in stillbirth.