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#1 of 6 Old 07-22-2011, 11:58 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Anyone have some tips on how to go about apply for a birth certificate? 

 

I have most of the necessary items needed-

I have the "affidavit of home birth" form for unassisted births.  I'm assuming ANYONE can sign that- including my mother?  She'll be here for the birth caring for my other kids.

 

I need to get a Form Certificate of Live Birth.  Any idea on how to go about getting that?

 

The rest is pretty easy I think (maybe I'm over simplifying, but it seems simple enough)-

  • Evidence of pregnancy- Have a "proof of pregnancy" sheet from local health clinic.
  • Evidence of mother's presence in state before and after birth- Can give a copy of my electric bill since it's in my name.
  • Camera dated photos immediately before or after birth- No problem
  • Credit or check purchases signed by mother from businesses in the state both before and after birth- Okay, I go to Wal-Mart all the time so I can just get bank statements for that.
  • State ID for me. 

 

Now what about the PROCESS?  I just gather these items and mail them in?  Do I attach it to the birth certificate application (like the form I would use to request a copy of my birth certificate) or would I need to actually go down to the Vital Statistics office in person? 

 

Anyone willing to give me some insight or a step-by-step of what all I need to do?


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Have you asked over in the UC forum?  They'd be the real BTDT experts.  :)

 

Otherwise, a local dept of health might be the first place to check for the forms.  I know some moms locally who UC and I seem to recall one of them telling me she got all her paperwork from the DoH.  But I don't know if that's just because our DoH is more laid back than some, or if that's the place you go.


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Have you asked over in the UC forum?  They'd be the real BTDT experts.  :)

 



Didn't even think of that, lol.  I usually just stick in the DDG's here.  Thanks!


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I had my last baby unassisted and all of my correspondence was through the Office of Vital Statistics.  It might be dependent on the state, though.  I didn't have to go in (thank goodness, since it was across the state) but I talked to them and they told me exactly what they needed and how to fill out the forms.


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Yeah, I'm hoping to avoid the trip as well since it's about 2hrs away.  Blech, lol. 


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Yeah, I would just call the Office of Vital Statistics if you haven't.  They sent me a homebirth packet.  For things that weren't clear (who to list as the attendant, what would count in each category) I just talked with them to get it clarified. I ended up sending in a copy of my initial bloodwork from my doctor's office as proof of pregnancy and a copy of the information sheets with her weight/height that I got at her doc's office when I took her for her PKU at 9 days for proof of birth. 

 

There used to be a thread in the UC forum about what the requirements were for each state, although I have no idea how to get to that now.


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