The death of a baby who dies shortly after birth (live-born) or is born sleeping, (still-born) in the eyes of the law are treated differently.
A live-born baby is legally defined as:
- A baby born at any stage of pregnancy who breathed or showed any other signs of life at birth, regardless of the length of time, is considered to be live-born for Registration purposes and the same procedure would follow and the death would need to be reported to the Office of Births, Deaths & Marriages in the district in which the infant died.
A still-born child is legally defined as:
- A child born after the 24th week of pregnancy
- Who did not, at any time after being born, breathe or show any other signs of life.