Assemblywoman Sandy Galef announced that a new law creating a Certificate of Stillbirth goes into effect today, March 21, 2012. This new law (Chapter 552 of 2011) was sponsored by Assemblywoman Galef and Senator Bill Larkin (A8178/S3111) and signed by Governor Cuomo last September.
This new law offers parents the option of requesting a certificate of still birth from the New York State Department of Health if they so choose. The parents would be able to record a name for their stillborn fetus for the certificate. Until now, parents who experienced one of the more than 1,700 still births per year in New York are only given a fetal death certificate. This certificate of still birth will be available to parents going forward, as well as to parents for stillborns who predate this new certificate.
“Now that this new law has gone into effect, families can continue to seek closure with a formal recognition of their tremendous loss,” said Assemblywoman Sandy Galef. “I hope this will help bring parents some comfort by validating the pain brought by this traumatic event. While nothing will ever replace what they lost, a formal certificate of still birth will lessen the pain for these parents in the past and in the future.”
The new certificate of stillbirth can be obtained by going to the New York State Department of Health’s website at: www.health.ny.gov/vital_records or go to the Angel Names Association website for more information.