Certificate of Birth Resulting in Stillbirth

(The Missing Angels Bill)

When a baby is stillborn the parents are offered a Death Certificate, but not a Birth Certificate.

Families who have suffered the agony of stillbirth deserve some sort of certificate of birth as well.

The answer is a Certificate of Birth Resulting in Stillbirth.

34 states have already passed this important piece of legislation

Check HERE to see if your state is one of them. If it isn't, GET INVOLVED.

To learn more about the CBRS Bill, also known as the Missing Angels Bill,

please visit the MISS Foundation's Legislative Reference page.

Did you know...

A baby who is born at 19 weeks gestation, pre-viability, but takes one breath before passing away is issued a Certificate of Birth and is counted in infant mortality rates. Conversely, a baby who is born at 40 weeks gestation and dies just one second prior to birth will receive only a Death Certificate and is not counted in infant mortality statistics.


On July 7, 2011, after 11 years of PA families fighting to get this legislation adopted,

Pennsylvania became the 31st state to pass the MISSing Angels Bill

PA Residents: Click here for information on obtaining your child's certificate

Related News Articles

WGAL News 8: Stillborn Births to be Recognized in PA

Lancaster New Era/Intelligencer Journal: A Victory for Parents of Stillborn ChildrenHarrisburg Patriot-News: Cherishing the life of a stillborn

Sunday News: Stephanie Cole: Mother Reaches Out To Grieving Parents

WGAL: Senate Passes Bill To Recognize Stillborns

Lancaster New Era: Larry Alexander Column 5/12/10 (Note: 1st half is about Arizona, our bill is in the 2nd half)

ABC-27 News: Parents of Stillborn Babies Fight for Rights

Lancaster New Era: Life Certificates

Fox43: Millersville Woman Fights for State Recognition of the Stillborn

WGAL: Lancaster Woman Supports Legislation on Stillbirths

Lehigh Valley News: Advocates Fight to get Birth Certificates for Stillborn Babies in PA

Lewistown Sentinel: Quest for Recognition

The Patriot News: Acknowledging Angels

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Mothers Urge Lawmakers to Allow Birth Certificates to be Issued for Stillborn Babies

A mother's personal plea...

My daughter Madeline died one week after her due date. Many babies are already cuddled in their mother's loving arms by that point (both of my sons were) but because Madeline was still in my womb she was not given a birth certificate and she was not counted in infant mortality rates. I was often treated as though I had "lost a pregnancy" when in reality what I had lost was my only daughter, my first born child, my beautiful little 7 pound 11.1 ounce baby girl. My Madeline. She was a real person, I really gave birth to her, and it is time that the State of Pennsylvania- and every state for that matter!- recognized these truths. Our children may have come into this world in silence, but we as mothers simply cannot stay silent any longer. Please join me in raising awareness of the need for this important piece of legislation. Thank you.

Sincerely, Stephanie Cole