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when to get proof of pregnancy for birth certificate

post #1 of 14
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i need to get my proof of pregnancy for the birth certificate. i am entering the 3rd trimester (give or take...haha). so, does anyone have any ideas as to when is the best time. i plan to do a notarized photo. i will print the picture of my belly on a sheet of white paper and then get it notarized with the date. should i do it soon? reason i ask it i know if a baby dies after 24 weeks it must be reported and just in the rare case something happens i wonder if this proof will in anyway be neccessary. does that make sense? in other words should i do this asap or just wait a couple months till my belly is totally huge? do i need to lift my shirt up for the pic to show it is really a pregnant belly not just a pillow? i really hate the idea of giving the govt. my picure at all but it will be a heck of a lot more comfortable then taking a pregnancy test at the health dept. and them freaking out at how far along i am and that i have no ob.
post #2 of 14
I used to be a notary. In my state (and in many others), notaries certify signatures. Nothing else. If you showed up with a picture, my notarization would operate in a court of law as proof that you signed the picture. The notarization wouldn't prove anything about the photo, other than that you really did sign it. For all the notary knows, you have an unusual body type, or that's a picture of your evil twin, or you have the mother of all ovarian cysts.

I know that the health department and Planned Parenthood and all will fuss at you about not having an OB, but the state authorities are accustomed to seeing the form from them and aren't likely to question it.
post #3 of 14
My form of proof of pregnancy was a notarized letter from someone (my MIL) who knew I was pregnant.

The handbook of birth registration I was given says I needed "an affidavit (notarized) along with a photocopy of an ID (for example a driver's license or a government ID) presented from one person, other than the parents, having knowledge of the pregnancy and birth."

but it may be different in your state.
post #4 of 14
I plan on getting our proof of pregnancy from a free walk in clinic. Urine test.
post #5 of 14
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Originally Posted by reducereuserecycle View Post
but it will be a heck of a lot more comfortable then taking a pregnancy test at the health dept. and them freaking out at how far along i am and that i have no ob.
Why do they have to know you don't have an OB?

I had to get a Proof of pregnancy in my 3rd trimester for Medicaid when I found out that my insurance wouldn't cover my baby. The nurse did ask why I needed to take a test when I was obviously pregnant but seemed satisified when I said DWFS needed proof of pregnancy for Medicaid. I wouldn't even mention an OB unless they do first and simple say that I've already been seen. It's not like they call your OB and check up on you.
post #6 of 14
Thread Starter 
the last pregnancy i left the health dept. in tears. they are soooo horrible there. they won't understand why i can't use the ob as the source for a proof of pregnancy. i vowed to never go there again....so, that is why i am going to use a notarized picture....or possibly letter as my proof of pregnancy. i know i can't just get a picture notarized. i was going to write a couple sentences telling when it was taken, what it is of, etc. and print the picture on that same paper as those sentences and then get that whole document notarized (by a notary i know who would know i am not making it up). i can also get a letter from someone else notarized as a 2nd proof of pregnancy just in case. i just don't know if i should do it now or wait till later in the pregnancy.
post #7 of 14
Even if the notary "knows" you are not making it up and you write everything down you stated, their signature would still only mean they saw you sign the paper. I don't think there is any place that would accept it as "proof of pregnancy".

I would try a crisis center or clinic, I have never had a problem with them giving the proof I needed, and they don't ask too many questions. At least IME.
post #8 of 14
Thread Starter 
my state said a dated picture was fine for proof of pregnancy. they didn't even say it should be notarized so i am hoping to be able to avoid all clinics :

yeah, with trick photography, digital photography and editing i agree this is not a very sure form of proof but they said it would work, so fine by me
post #9 of 14
That is great!

I got the piece of paper from the Health Dept that said "Confirmation of Pregnancy" after 41 weeks! It is supposed to be used for Medicaid but the vital records accepted it too.

I have also heard of people using a picture of themselves pregnant with a friend in the picture and having the friend write a notarized letter attesting they knew you were pregnant at the time.
post #10 of 14
Thread Starter 
wow! 41 weeks

that is a good idea to have a friend in the picture too.

the vital statistics is always so vague...but they are also so confused cause they don't deal with many UCs.
post #11 of 14
I prefer to get my proof of pregnancy early to avoid the OB questions -- the walk in clinic (P.Parenthood) asks little as a rule, and they seem used to giving proof of pregnancy for subsidy programs, whatnot. But when I go to see the Ped after the birth my line is "yes the baby was checked out after the homebirth but the insurance wants something more formal, --what you provide from this visit will help me get baby covered quickly" . It's all true -- we check the baby at the homebirth and I really do need the Dr paperwork for insurance and the court birth cert. I've found that any time I mention 'I'm doing it for my insurance company" the health providers nod understandingly and say "yes, yes, I'll get you a photocopy of these records..." I'm also covering my own legal butt and use the records for the birth cert, but they don't care about that and it just confuses them. But insurance companies, they ask for the strangest stuff and everybody seems to agree jumping through their hoops is easier than not. And people here just assume I had a midwife when I say homebirth.
post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by Hesperia View Post
I plan on getting our proof of pregnancy from a free walk in clinic. Urine test.

This is what I just got.
post #13 of 14
I went to a walk-in clinic run by two CNPs who have nothing to do with midwifery (its illegal in my state, and pretty unheard of to boot) and told the one I saw that I needed proof of pregnancy for the b.c. She was totally cool about it.

You just never know - you may get someone who is understanding. Or, if you go to Planned Parenthood or another clinic that performs abortions, they will be entirely too busy to even care.

That just seems so much easier than anything else - an hour and probably $15.
post #14 of 14
I got mine from a crisis pregnancy center and I just told them that i needed it "for insurance purposes". They didn't question it and they were very nice.
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