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January 9th, 2010, 12:16 PM
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How soon would I need to take the baby in? Is there any legal ramifications that I may face? How to apply for the birth certificate? Etc.

I am now not able to have the "assisted" homebirth with a midwife, because of preterm labor problems. As a tiny disclaimer, I am not crazy I will not have this baby outside of a hospital before 36 weeks, but I still want a homebirth if I can have one without risking any unnecessary problems to Pokey.
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January 9th, 2010, 01:22 PM
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Here's a good link to you on getting a birth certificate. Homebirth-USA | Getting a Birth Certificate

Here's something for you on the legality of unassisted birth - Bornfree!- Laura Shanley's THE Unassisted Childbirth Page!

I am not sure about the pediatrician thing. Hopefully someone else can help you with that one.

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January 9th, 2010, 01:30 PM
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My midwives told me to just call the peditrician the first week and set up an appt. If I do it within the first 4 days then they can do the newborn panel at the office instead of having my midwives do it (my insurance will cover it at the pedi but not thru the midwives). that's the heel prick tests and all of that.

They told me that the pedi doesn't really care where the baby was born since it is after the fact and nothing they can do to change your mind at that point. They said I don't need a birth certificate or anything yet for a pedi appt.

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January 9th, 2010, 02:08 PM
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What do you mean by take the baby in? As in take him/her into the hospital? We've never taken M to see any sort of western medical practitioner, we did take her to a chiropractor when she was 4 or 5 days old but that was just because I thought it was a good idea.

I'll try to find out the details for birth certificates where you live, it would be helpful if you could PM me what City or County you are in (info bar says Ohio so I'll start there). It is completely 100% legal in all states to have a baby at home unassisted. There are two states, neither of which do you live in, where the father cannot catch his own baby.

When we applied for Mariska's birth certificate it was fairly easy, you went in got some paperwork (they would have mailed it but it was with the WIC office so I was headed that way anyway), filled it out, took it back within 12 months with a note from two people who saw you pregnant and a witness to the birth (Mine was my mom, in most cases it would be your husband). Everyone gets interviewed (the witness and the parents), the paperwork gets stamped, the baby gets ogled, everyone goes home. Oh and it's 18 dollars for two stamped copies of the birth certificate.

You then find a convenient time (again within 12 months of the birth) to take the notes and the birth certificate to the SS office and apply for a social security card. They don't question you at all and the card comes in the mail 8-10 weeks later.

That's how it went for us, but it is different by county as well as states. All I can say is know your rights, educate yourself until you can answer all sorts of questions, legal and medical alike. The more educated you are, the more you know what your rights are the less anyone can bully you.
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