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October 20th, 2006, 06:13 AM
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I thought this would be a really good informative thread for those wondering what they have to go through to get their birth certificate.


Here in Ohio, we had to fill out a 14 page questionare (sp?). They wanted to know every detail of the pregnancy and birth, about the parents, about moms other pregnancies, what kind of insurance you had if any, how you paid for the birth, etc. It got REALLY personal. Several questions got I don't know or unknown for an answer.

Then we had to take that down to the health department along with ID and something with your current address.

They took us to a conference room where they asked more questions.

Since I hadn't seen a DR, by law I had to sumit to syphillis and gonorhea testing.

They tried to push me to have the metabolic screening but I knew I could do an exemption so I did that. They also pushed to have me do the hearing test, which I said no to.

Luckily a few days later they contacted me letting me know columbus had approoved the birth certificate. Talk about a pain!

Then we had to go back and sign the draft along with the midwife.
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October 20th, 2006, 07:02 AM
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Yikes... that IS a pain.

Here in Michigan it was super easy. We had to fill out one piece of paper with the childs name, our names, social security numbers, my maiden name and our address. We gave that paper to our midwife... she filled out the official form and we signed it...she sent it in and we got our birth certificate.
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October 20th, 2006, 07:15 AM
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In Alberta, we have to fill out a Registration of Live Birth form. If the attending Midwife is registered in Alberta, she signs it all and it gets processed no problem.

If the homebirth is unassisted or the midwife is not registered, it's a big tougher. Our midwife is from Montana, so we also required a letter from my family physician to verify that yes I was pregnant, yes I delivered a live baby. He does all my prenatal care, so he had no problem writing that letter for me.

When it's unassisted, you require additional "witnesses" and may have to submit other evidence to prove you were pregnant and gave birth to a live baby.
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October 20th, 2006, 09:15 AM
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Yikes... that IS a pain.

Here in Michigan it was super easy. We had to fill out one piece of paper with the childs name, our names, social security numbers, my maiden name and our address. We gave that paper to our midwife... she filled out the official form and we signed it...she sent it in and we got our birth certificate.[/b]

I'm jealous!!
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October 20th, 2006, 10:15 AM
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In Illinois we have to submit proof of pregnancy, two letters from non family members saying they witnessed a live birth (this will be difficult for me), and I will have to write letters of refusal for all sorts of testing. Here they can't force you to test for anything (Illinois is relatively generous about 14th amendment rights) but they can frown a whole bunch. There may be other requirements, but I forget what they are.
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October 20th, 2006, 12:20 PM
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Unassisted = You go down to the department of vital statistics and pick up a form. Fill that out and with your license and social and your letter from a caregiver stating that you were pg and have a live baby you get in to the person who types it up as you relay the information.

Midwife assisted = We are still iffy on this one. The state does not want to give midwives forms. But the parents go down with the same as above and dictate to the person..they type it up. And the midwife goes to sign it.
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October 20th, 2006, 01:07 PM
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In Ontario, you just fill out a one page paper to report the birth and then mail it in (midwife gives the form). The midwife also does one. Then once the birth is registared, you apply online w/ the birth info to recieve a birth certifcate in the mail. It was very easy.
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October 21st, 2006, 06:47 AM
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In North Carolina, I take in proof of pregnancy to the Vital Statistics office (ultrasound pic, form from doc's office about blood test for pregnancy, even a letter from your pastor will do!), proof of residency (power bill, piece of mail), my driver's license, my husband, his license, and our live baby! No form from midwife (they practice illegally here).
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October 22nd, 2006, 03:04 PM
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I am in Alberta.

For my midwife attended homebirth the same forms as in hospital were used.

For my unassisted homebirth, again, same forms. I was then required to provide two letters, one stating that I was indeed pregnant and one stating that I did indeed have a live baby. I had friends (2 different friends - one wrote the preg letter, the other the live birth letter) write both letters, and there was no issue. One saw me the day before he was born and the afternoon that he was born (after) and the other saw us both when he was a day old.
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