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Sue, mama to Spitfire (4/06) , a Firecracker (9/08) , and Chill baby (3/12)
I would rather send a picture of me and my cheesy covered daughter in my bedroom on a fishy pool. No stolen baby there
Carrie, wife to J, sahm to E, N, and A, followed by a bunch of crunchy labels and acronyms
I'm just making sure of all this -- I'm due in approx 3 weeks (up to the kiddoes to be honest!) and I want to do an unassisted home birth. I already have a family doctor in mind (from birth to death -- general practice), so do I have to rush to the emergency room or a doctor just as soon as the kid is born? Or do I just monitor things and worry if an emergency arises as usual and get them to check into the doctor on the next business day? Or what?
I'm a practitioner of alternative medicine, so I do know what I'm doing when it comes to my health -- I'm just worried about the legality.
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.
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