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Expecting Parents

Birth certificates are important legal documents that you and your child will need for various purposes (including proof of US citizenship) in the years to come.

The Health Department automatically mails you a free birth certificate about 3 weeks after your child's birth.  You can make sure the process goes smoothly by following these tips:

Save Some Time

Your baby's birth certificate will be based on information you provide when you deliver.  You can fill out the form below ahead of time and bring it to the hospital or give it to your midwife.  The worksheet collects important information and helps your baby get a Social Security card.

Be careful when you fill out your baby's full name--first, middle and last--and your mailing address.  Correcting a birth certificate can cost money or even require a trip to court.  A mistake in the mailing address can delay delivery. 

Unmarried Dads

You and the child's mother can establish that you are the legal father of your baby by completing the form below at the hospital.  New York State offers instructions and translations of the form.

If you don't complete the form at the hospital, and you want to be named as the legal father of your chlid, you will have to get the birth certificate corrected later.

Same Sex Parents

You have the right to have both your names on your child's birth certificate, but some hospitals require proof.  Check with the hospital to find out if you need to bring a copy of your marriage license with you.

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Let Us Help

The Health Department offers many pregnancy and baby care resources for parents who are expecting a child:

 

Losing Your Child

 

Know your options if you miscarry or your child is stillborn.  Two types of certificates are available depending on the circumstances.