COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Mark Romanchuk (R-Ontario) has announced that the Ohio House of Representatives today passed House Bill 95, which revises Ohio law to provide the issuance of a “certificate of birth resulting in stillbirth” for stillborn babies.


House Bill 95 codifies existing practices of the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), which has changed the title of the certificate from “Certification of Stillbirth” to “Certification of Birth” in response to feedback from grieving parents regarding the previous wording. The legislation requires the ODH or the state registrar to reissue any certificates “recognizing the delivery of a stillborn infant” as a certificate of birth resulting in stillbirth. It also requires the local registrar, upon the issuance of a burial permit, to inform the parent or parents of a fetus of at least 20 weeks that suffers a fetal death about the option to apply for a certificate of birth resulting in stillbirth, as well as the application process.


“By putting House Bill 95 in place, the state is showing more respect and understanding for those parents who have suffered the tragic loss of giving birth to a stillborn baby,” Rep. Romanchuk said. “I’m pleased that the legislation received the broad support that it did.”


House Bill 95 passed with unanimous support and will now move to the Ohio Senate.

 
 
 
  
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