Early pregnancy loss recognition
One of the most difficult aspects of early pregnancy loss to cope with is how invisible it feels. You may have very few memories to treasure of your pregnancy and you may feel that others don’t understand the enormity of what you’ve been through.
Your loss is real, and your grief justified for the little life you imagined and planned for, as well as for the sense you feel that your life will never again be the same.
All state and territory governments now offer parents opportunities to officially acknowledge their baby’s life and loss in situations where a traditional birth certificate cannot be issued, for example, in losses prior to 20 weeks gestation.
You may be eligible instead for an early pregnancy loss commemorative certificate, issued by your state/territory department of Births, Deaths & Marriages.
We’ve provided information on how to apply below. You may need to contact your state/territory department of Births, Deaths & Marriages for specific information about your individual circumstances - such as if your loss was long ago, or if you are unsure if you qualify.
Australian Capital Territory
New South Wales
Last reviewed: 22/5/22