Booking an appointment Book an appointment When you book an appointment you can pay for certificates in advance. Certificates cost £11 each. You can pay by credit or debit card. Book an appointment to register a birth. Babies born in Southend, Romford and Leytonstone If your baby was born in: Southend Hospital Queen’s Hospital, Romford Whipps Cross Hospital, Leytonstone Do not pay for certificates on our booking site. You will be registering by declaration. We'll send your details to the local register office so you can purchase certificates from them. We'll explain this at your appointment. Information about claiming child benefit You can claim child benefit as soon as you’ve registered the birth of your child. Find out how to claim child benefit on GOV.UK.