Originally Posted by MsBlack
Here is info I just received about birth cert's in MO for homebirth:
"In order to get a birth cert in MO, you need to call the Dept of Health and Sr Services main office at 573-751-6400, ask for Kim Rademan (she's soley responsible for the home birth birth certs, and very nice) at the office of Vital Records. She needs a letter that has basically all of the info needed to fill out a birth certificate and a check for $15 so that she can then send the form to fill out. They have to research the info to make sure it's not a fraud before they send the form. The fee is applied to the birth cert once all the info comes back as clear."
I am not sure, but I believe that you will need some additional certifier besides yourself and dh. One thing that some have done is to create an affadavit for another family or community member to sign (notarized) for you. Below is an example of such an affadavit, which has been effective for IL hb families:
Affadavit of Birth
Baby’s name:_________________________________ Baby’s date of birth:____________________________
Relationship to family:_________________________
I hereby affirm that I have been acquainted with the above-named family for ______________(months/years). I further affirm that I witnessed their recent pregnancy as it progressed and then met their new baby with them, soon after baby’s birth at home. To the best of my knowledge as a member of the family’s family/community, the baby they seek to register for birth certificate is their biological child.
Affiant’s signature/date:_____________________________________________ ___
Witness signature/date:_____________________________________________ ___
Maybe MO residents who have recently been through the cert process can help you more. I have not had to deal with MO birth certs--but I was investigating it recently and discovered that the rules have changed somewhat this year from what they used to be. Basically MO is making it a bit harder than they used to, for hb fams to get birth certs. This seems to be about ensuring that no one is trying to register a stolen or otherwise 'illegal' baby. Having an attendant or 'affiant' to verify the birth is one way to have an 'independent source' affirm that the child does indeed belong to the parents.
i wanted to thank you for posting kim's name. i just got off the phone with her and she was so very kind. i think she is who i spoke to with my first child in 2007 which was also an unassisted home birth. i'm due in 6 weeks or so again, and am glad to have all this info!
yes, the regulations have changed.
a letter requesting a live birth certificate for the birth of ___________. it does have to include father's name (if involved) and mother's name (maiden included if applicable), address of birth, date of birth, name of baby birthed. and you must include a check of $15.
each form is numbered and recorded. if you make a mistake on the form, you have to send it back to her and she marks it next to your name, and sends you another. she will document exactly how many forms you request for years. unreal.
once the letter is received, they've done their research. they will send the form, and a letter is required from two parties, grandparents, friends, anybody... it does NOT have to be anyone at the birth. it does have to be two parties BESIDES mom and dad stating the mom was pregnant, they witnessed that, and now she is not pregnant and has a baby. LOL this cracks me up.
but i prefer it over a doctor's visit!!!!!!!!!!