You will need a proof of pregnancy plus 2 'witness affirmations'. These do not have to be people who saw your birth, and can't be your dh; the purpose is for the state to be able to verify that the baby is your own (and not a stolen baby). Usually, proof of pregnancy is something from a dr's office or even a crisis pregnancy ctr that does pregnancy testing or u/s. If you're still pregnant, it would probably be a good idea to see a doc or something, to get a record that proves you're pregnant (did you ever see the doc we talked about a few weeks ago? If so, probably any official record of that visit will do--as long as there is some indicator that you saw him for pregnancy purposes).
I think in some cases, ppl use ONLY 2 affadavits, but no other proof of pregnancy, it's just that it can help (if you're not Amish/Mennonite--who get a somewhat automatic 'pass' based on 1st amend. religious freeom) to have some kind of pr
. of pg, even from a crisis pg ctr run by volunteers.
The affadavits can be from anyone--family, friend, church member/pastor. Basically they are affirming that they witnessed your pregnancy and can say the baby is really yours. Here is one example that some parents have used successfully:
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:_____________________________________________ ___
By the way--go to the county clerk's office/vital statistics if you can't do this through the health dept. If they have never recorded a homebirth, you may have to do some advocating--I'd call them before baby is born (or did I miss the birth announcement
, in that case, call before you go in) to ask some questions. I'd do this anonymously (dial *69 to keep your ph number private if needed) Say you are planning a homebirth and need birth cert info, ask if they have ever registered hb. If they act confused, you can ask them to call the State to get info for you. I had to do that once, when I lived in a county where apparently the county clerk had NEVER before registered a hb (actually I called the State after one of my UCs and the county was all in a dither and ignorant. I got info that I passed along to them, including the ph number of the State ofc where I got my info...though that was nearly 18 yrs ago).
Remember, you are looking for the COUNTY clerk, not the Circuit Court Clerk/clerk of the courts. In my former IL county, both were in the courthouse and it was a bit confusing. You can look this up in the phone book under "County Name" for example "Union, county of", and all the county offices will be listed under that heading.
Anyway, hope this helps!