1.1.S.130 Stillborn child

Definition

A 'stillborn' child means a child:

  • who weighs at least 400 grams at delivery or whose period of gestation was at least 20 weeks, and
  • who has not breathed since delivery, and
  • whose heart has not beaten since delivery.

Note 1: The child must have been certified by a qualified medical practitioner as having been 'delivered'.

Note 2: Gestation is considered to be the period in which the unborn child is carried in the womb from conception to delivery. If the child is stillborn, the date of delivery is used to calculate gestation.

Act reference: FAAct section 3(1)-'stillborn child'

Last reviewed: 11 May 2015