Originally Posted by mysticmomma
But they (the people at the health dept.) already know who she is, so that doesn't make any sense. Those of use using unregulated (NON CNM's) should always say the birth was unattended, rather than NOT give a name.
I disagree, I made it a point to say that I was not naming my midwife, even though she was very skilled because though the laws are wrong, I will not lie. My birth was attended by an AMAZING midwife and I wish I could shout her name to the rooftops, but I don't to protect her. That said, Baltimore City health department is aware of her and has left her alone in the past, but that doesn't prevent a new HD nurse from taking a different stance. St. Mary's County HD totally cooperates with her and knows about her, but other MD counties like Howard and Prince George's have been openly hostile and tried to find out about her. I err on the side of caution and tell folks to just decline to name her. I have never had anyone be unable to get a birth certificate yet.