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Florida Dept. of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics

KATHERINE'S LAW

In 2006, Florida's governor signed into law legislation that allows for the creation and issuance of a Certificate of Birth Resulting in Stillbirth. This law, section 382.0085, Florida Statutes, is known as Katherine's Law.

The Certificate of Birth Resulting in Stillbirth is not proof of live birth and may not be used to establish identity. Gestation must be 20 weeks or more, and there must be a fetal death certificate on file with the Florida Bureau of Vital Statistics in order for a certificate to be prepared. The information included on the certificate comes from the fetal death certificate.

Issuance is from the State Bureau of Vital Statistics only; county offices cannot issue this certificate.

You will need to complete, print and submit the birth resulting in stillbirth application

An informational brochure (pdf 3.58mb) is available for the funeral director, physician, medical examiner, and hospital to provide to parents. For questions, families should be referred to Customer Service at the state office, (904) 359-6900 ext 9000.

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