Obtaining a birth certificate after a homebirth

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Obtaining a birth certificate after a homebirth

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A home birth is legally recorded using the birth record, the home birth record that the midwife will give you following the birth. She completes the form that day, and signs it. It is a legal document. You take that record down to -- I believe the Department of Records and Births. Basically, you need that record to prove that you had a home birth. They record all of that information, who the midwife was. Definitely, I know the mother has to be there with the baby. I believe the father is optional. They do not have to be there. It is a good idea to have both parents there, if possible. At that time, once you fill out the paperwork, and they will just bring it to another department and they will process it immediately. You get your certificate.
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Stephanie Caspian owns a child-directed preschool and daycare called Maple Tree where they practice nonviolent communication (NVC). She lives in Santa Monica with her husband and three boys. Stephanie is the president of the board of Manhattan Beach Nursery School and an assistant den leader for the Cub Scouts for Boy Scouts of America. Her spiritual practice is Nichiren Buddhism in the Soka Gakkai and she dedicates her spare time to the SGI-USA, an international organization that promotes peace, culture and education in the community.

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