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Hello! I REALLY REALLY want a homebirth with the next baby (not pregnant yet I dont think, bf'ing an 11 month old and no PPAF yet). I have medical insurance (Aetna HMO) and they said no homebirths so I know they wouldnt pay for it. I found a local midwife for 2800. I guess we should start saving now! LOL UC REALLY interests me too. My dh is scared of that though. I could talk him into anything really, though. I wondered how you go about registering the baby's birth? Get the forms before hand? Or can you wait until after? Like the social security card and such. This is probably a stupid question, sorry. LOL I need to do more research. There is a VERY local midwife a few streets away from me but she specializes in Spanish speaking clients only and goes to Tijuana to help birthing women there but I think we could always try to call her if we thought we needed help. I guess I have to look into this alot more! Good thing I am not pregnant yet! LOL
 

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Hi, Desiree! You remind me of what I was saying before I got pregnant with this little one. I had a homebirth with my first child and used a MW. (Just for the record no insurance, except some CA ones, say that they cover homebirth. My HMO does cover 80% of out of network care. So, I'm not having a homebirth this time...I'm only having $2800 worth of prenatal appointments with an out of network provider. See how that works?)<br><br>
Anyway -- UC. Gotta love it! The way that you get your babe's SS card is to go to your local social security office. You can usually find it in the phone book. It's a good idea to go down there before the baby is born and keep the blank documents in a safe place. Then after the babe is born you fill it all out. It asks for Mother/Father name, SS#, address, etc. Time and place of birth and who attended. After you fill it all out have your DP take it to the office. Usually it's pretty quick & they'll process it. A few weeks later you'll get the card in the mail. And, you'll have a legal U.S. citizen!<br><br>
Best wishes! Sounds like your 11 mo is a great nurser! My son was, too. I never did get a PPAF, just a positive pregnancy test when he was about 19 months old. May your next conception and pregnancy be just as easy!
 

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You also need to get a birht cert. After the births of our two babies at home, we went to City Hall, filled out a form and it was done.
 

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I just wanted to mention with my homebirth although midwife attended, the midwives DO NOT handle the birth certificate & stuff anyway...that is up to you & your partner. Your partner will sign the birth certificiate as the The Birth Attendant--and "certify" the time & weight of the baby too. We just went to the city hall and filled out the form and then when I got the certificate I could get the SS card. It was so simple & easy--the ladies at city hall were very sweet, even happy to get the forms together for us--usually provided by the hospital, and mentioned there hadn't been a hb in town for a while and wanted to take a peek at the new little bundle!
 

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Okay great! Thanks! I will keep all that info tucked away! I will also check into that out of network provider idea, good plan!
 

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Our m/w handels the birth certificates and and the SS #. All we do is sign the paper work and be sure the names on the paper work is the right spelling ect.
 

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This depends on the state where you give birth, in CT the midwives do not do it..in other states such as Florida where midwives are covered by insurance and/or homebirth is attended by CNMs they do or can handle the birth certificate & SS#.<br>
Here in CT it is not "legal' for any CNM associated with a hospital or a medical practice to attend a homebirth. So the direct entry midwives who do attend home births ar not licensed in any way by the state at this time--although homebirth is not "illegal" it is frowned upon by the medical community & the insurance companies which "own" this state. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br>
I was quite forunate as I didn't run into any problems or negativity from anyone though--even my pcp--who gave me a thumbs up!<br><br>
I think the person who started this thread should find out what the deal is in her area, and be prepared to handle it on her own just in case she goes unassisted or the midwives can't do it for whatever reason. Some city halls may not have the necessary paperwork for the birth certificates especially if homebirths are rare or never happen in that particular area--this is something I heard from another mama who ran into problems. I would call your local city hall and make sure ahead of time that they have the necessary papers there to file a birth certificate.
 

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Yes it does depend, from state to state and even county to county. FOr a birth certificate, you might need a proof of pregnancy. We had a MW attended HB in san diego county and it was harder there to get a birth certificate than to get one for our freebirth in Ventura County, CA. go figure. I believe the reason it is so hard in SD is that there are more immigration, false citizen type things going on.<br><br>
We needed to get notarized letters from three people in SD. In Ventura, we needed proof of preg., some mail around the time of birth proving we lived where we said we did, the baby, and a statement from DH as a witness. I believe that was all. Like I said, in SD it was harder AND we had all our MW files, etc.<br><br>
THe social security card is easy once you've got the BC. HTH
 

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So what's the best wording to use when calling about the birth certificate? "Could you send me the forms to apply for a birth cert?" "What is required to get a birth cert for an unattended birth?" I've heard some people are really given a hard time, over the phone or in person... I don't want to inadvertantly make the situation more sticky... I don't know how common homebirths (much less UCs) are around here (we just moved).
 

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IME, we *were* given a hard time when we tried to call ahead. They were majorly unhelpful. So I called some local MW's and asked what was required so I could collect it.<br><br>
I can't remember who/what exactly helped us, but *after the birth* they would send us the packet. (They wouldn't even tell us what was on it before!!!) And luckily , it wasn't too hard. ANd once we were there to actually register, there were no prob's whatsoever. So that is my experience w/it, if you try to get them to help you ahead of time, good luck!! But usually after the birth, they just have to deal w/you. They WANT your babe to be registered etc. so it's not that big of a deal. Just before, well, you are not working w/in the system. After, well you're just another statistic w/weird circumstances to be registered!! LOL
 

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I'm on Missouri, and my dh had to go to the health dept to get the forms for a birth certificate. He just told them the baby came before we were able to get to the hospital and they bought it. BTW, for proof of pregnancy, we had to have a couple of witnesses sign the birth certificate application, and it was notarized. It was all the same form.
 

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Thanks for all the great info!<br><br>
Indigolilybear, I am in southern CA too (Riverside county though). Pretty close to the San Diego county line so dont know if they will act the same way here. OH WELL if they do! LOL
 

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I just called my county clerk the other day and asked what I would need for a birth certificate if we had a homebirth with no midwife. The woman didn't give me a hard time at all, just told me what I'd need. I really appreciated it as I was a little nervous.<br>
If they do give you a hard time just remember that you are an anonymous caller. You don't have to give your name or number or anything. Just get the info you need and say thank you.<br>
If I were you I would call during pregnancy so you will be prepared when the baby comes. Here we just need three proofs of residence and prenatal records. I will have it all ready so I can just fill out the form after baby comes.<br>
I do need to find out about ss# though...
 

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Check with your state midwifery association. <a href="http://www.cfmidwifery.org/states/" target="_blank">http://www.cfmidwifery.org/states/</a> They will be able to tell you what you will need in advance. Here is what is needed in Georgia, where I live. <a href="http://www.ganet.org/rules/index.cgi?base=290/1/3/05" target="_blank">http://www.ganet.org/rules/index.cgi?base=290/1/3/05</a><br>
It was no problem at all at the courthouse. They saw us coming in with a baby and lots of papers and said, "Ah, must be a homebirth". I was pleasantly surprised. They filed for the Soc. Security card for us after the birth cert. stuff was completed. We had the SS card within a month.
 

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I just wanted to throw it out there that for us to get our Liam's SS# we needed two forms of ID - even though the summer before I got my new SS card with my married name with just one form of ID - they changed their policy due to the war on terror, and little did we know <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">:<br><br>
We wound up using our Peds dictation records and the birth cert we got from the town clerks office. We tried using records that we had been to the ER almost a week after I had my UC, but it wasn't good enough? (btw our UC was fine and our baby was healthy, long story about the ER trip lol) We had a heck of a time with med records at that hospital, but anyways...<br><br>
The birth cert itself was actually way easier than we thought, even though the clerk was very friendly - Liam was the first baby born in our town in at least 30 years :LOL - she wasn't quite sure what to do but called around for us and it was taken care of. We had our copy in the mail within days. It was officially issued by the state dept of health (in NY)<br><br>
We tried to follow the tip to make all the phone calls while pregnant, but it got us nowhere in the end as what we were prepared to do after the baby was born was suddenly what we didn't have to / couldn't do. I think the basic problem was is that many local county/state/city/town what have you workers really donlt' know themselves how to go about dealing with registering, etc, a homebirth, unless you're in an area where homebirth is more common. MY best advice is if you run into brick walls, keep trying. It's fustrating and the red tape is rediculous at times, but in the end I'm glad we pursued it.<br><br>
And some people don't even bother with SS#'s and the like, but that's a whole 'nother ball of wax <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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