COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) has announced that the Ohio House of Representatives today unanimously concurred on Senate changes to Sub. House Bill 95, which revises Ohio law to provide the issuance of a “certificate of birth resulting in stillbirth” for stillborn babies.


Sub. 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.


"The loss of a child is the most difficult and traumatic time of a parent's life," said Rep. Anielski. "I am glad to give comfort to the families through the passage of Sub. HB 95."


The Senate included a provision clarifying that midwives may issue birth certificates in accordance with common practice.


Sub. House Bill 95 now awaits Governor Kasich’s signature.

 
 
 
  
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