bs"dKinsey - My thoughts and prayers are also with you and your new, not-so-little dd.
mwherbs - I am located in Australia, and I believe I went to the state's main office (I live in the capital). I have heard it is "tricky" to register UCs here, but we shall see. The lady that was at the desk when I asked for the birth certificate packet seemed confused, leaned over to the man at the next window, and asked him what to do. He told her to go back somewhere and get the packet. She left and came back, asked when I was due, then replied that they could not give out the packet for a birth that isn't until July. I suppose she talked to someone "higher up" and get these instructions. That's when she said I should come back after the birth to "straighten things out." I considered calling and telling them the birth is closer or has already happened to get them to mail me the packet, but I don't like lying about it. I also didn't want them possibly "checking up on me," which is why I decided to go in person in the first place. In Australia, new parents are eligible for a $3000 one-time payment upon the birth of a child. Naturally, I would like to receive this payment. The payment must be claimed within 26 weeks of the birth, and I believe I must have the birth certificate to file the claim. Most people just attach a sticker from their midwife or hospital to the claim form. Anyway, you can probably see where this is going… I am just afraid that by the time I get the packet, then get one of my hcps to give me the required letter, then get them to give me the birth certificate, then get another office to accept the maternity payment claim form w/o the sticker, it will be too late to get the payment. Red Tape!! Arg!