Registering a birth


Same-sex female parents

Married or civil partner parents

Either parent can register the birth on their own if both of these statements are true:

  • the mother has a child by donor insemination or fertility treatment
  • she was married or in a civil partnership at the time of the treatment

Unmarried, non-civil partner parents

When a mother is not married or in a civil partnership, her partner can be registered as the child’s second parent if both women:

  • are treated together in the UK by a licensed clinic
  • have made a ‘parenthood agreement’

For both parents’ details to be recorded on the birth certificate, they must both attend  the appointment, and sign the register. 

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