Register a birth

The Scottish Government has advised us that birth registration can resume.

The procedure to register a birth has changed to accommodate physical distancing, so this is by appointment only.

Births that have taken place in Scotland can be registered in any registration office. If you choose to register the birth in a registration office other than Midlothian, please check that council’s website for details.

Book a birth registration appointment

Email [email protected] with the following information:

  • Baby's date of birth
  • Mother's full name
  • Email address and contact telephone number.

So that families are treated fairly, we allocate appointments based on the child's date of birth:

Available registration dates
Child born Registration available from
Before 31 March 1 July 2020
in April 15 July 2020
in May 29 July 2020
in June 12 August 2020
in July 26 August 2020
1 August onwards 9 September 2020

If you are unsure when you may be allocated an appointment, please email the office and we will respond as soon as possible.

It is a legal requirement that all births must be registered. We welcome all enquiries.

Documents to bring

You should take with you:

  • the card issued by the hospital
  • parents' birth certificates
  • marriage or civil partnership certificate of the child's parents if applicable

For more information please visit the National Records of Scotland website.

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