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#1 of 3 Old 04-16-2013, 08:31 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Before I had my baby, I called the office of vital records and asked how I obtained a birth certificate for an out of hospital birth. They said to call after the baby was born and they would send a packet with all the details. Baby was born, I have that packet, and it has two routes: planned out of hospital and not planned out of hospital. I called back to ask a few questions, and apparently planned unassisted isn't on their radar at all. The women is saying because I had no midwife or hospital records, I have to wait two years and go to court?

I think she is wrong, but I'm not sure what to do know. Have any of you gotten a birth certificate in california for unassisted home birth? How did you do it?

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I'm guessing you live in San Diego?  She is wrong, at least about waiting two years.  You will have to go to the courts though.  We just went through this about a year and a half ago.  Here's the link:

 

http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1340231/midwife-just-for-the-paperwork#post_17029351

 

Basically, you will have to file a petition with the court to establish fact of birth.  Once your petition is granted, you send the paperwork to Sacramento along with another packet to get the birth certificate.  Once you get that it'll be several weeks before you can get the SSN.  Good luck!

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Thank you so so much!

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