Proud parents can now register lockdown babies

From Monday 29 June, proud parents in Inverclyde can register the birth of their baby for the first time since late March, when the service was suspended due to the Covid 19 outbreak.

A system of staggered appointments, based on when the child was born, is being put in place to deal with the backlog of registrations. Appointments can be booked by calling 01475 714250.

Councillor Jim Clocherty, Convener of Inverclyde Council’s Education & Communities Committee, said, “So many normal things have been put on hold because of Covid 19. We’re pleased to say that proud parents can now register the birth of their children again but we are still having to take precautions to stop Covid 19 spreading.

“We are starting to see real progress in containing the virus thanks to the hard work everyone in the community has put in during the lockdown. But we can’t afford to let our guard down now.

“The council’s Customer service centres is still closed to the public so parents or guardians will only be allowed in at their allotted time. We’re asking people not come too early as they’ll have to wait outside. The appointment should take no more than 30 minutes.

“Only a parent, both parents or the baby’s guardian can attend the scheduled appointment, so we’re asking people not to bring anyone else with them.”

Appointments should only be booked for the following:

Child born                  Registration starting from:

Before 31 March        29 June 2020 - 10 July 2020

1 April - 30 April         13 July 2020 - 24 July 2020

1 May - 31 May          27 July 2020 - 7 August 2020

1 June - 30 June          10 August 2020 - 21 August 2020

1 July - 31 July             24 August 2020 - 4 September 2020

1 August onwards       7 September 2020 onwards.