Numerous states have enacted legislation specific to stillbirth families. We are currently gathering all of that information and will be posting it here as we receive it.
Certificate of Stillbirth/Certificate of Birth Resulting in Stillbirth
This effort was originally started by the MISS Foundation in an effort to have stillborn babies. We believe that currently 34-37 states have enacted this legislation. We are currently in the process of updating the information and will list it all below as we get it.
Although they are both worded very similarly, a “Certificate of Birth Resulting in Stillbirth” and a “Certificate of Stillbirth” are not the same thing. Legislators, Policy Analysts, and State Health Departments agree, there is a subtle, yet immense difference in the two. The M.I.S.S. Foundation believes that all states should record births as births… whether live or still. The goal, for those states that offer a “Certificate of Stillbirth”, is to legislatively change the certificate to a “Certificate of Birth Resulting in Stillbirth” – which we view as a “BIRTH” certificate.
To obtain the form to request the Certificate in your state click on the state name below. We will add to this list as we received the information.
Minnesota – (revised 2017)
Stillbirth Tax Credit/Deduction
Currently 5 states have enacted legislation providing a stillbirth tax deduction/credit for stillbirth families. This provides one time financial relief to the stillbirth parents to help offset the unanticipated expenses of funerals, burial, testing, therapy, etc. Minnesota is currently the only state that provides a tax credit. The others provide a tax deduction similar to the dependent child tax credit that can be claimed each year for living dependent children.
- Prior to claiming the tax credit parents need to obtain a copy of the Certificate of Birth Resulting in Stillbirth (see above) as there are two numbers on the certificate required for claiming the credit on the tax form.
- Legislative Language
Michigan (legislation currently inactive due to budget constraints)
Efforts underway in: