Obtaining a Birth Certificate & Social Security Card for Home Birth Babies

Obtaining a birth certificate and social security number for your born at home baby is usually a simple process. In Kentucky, this is done in each county through the Vital Statistics Registrar at the county health department. In general, the process involves filling out a “mother’s worksheet” and a “facility worksheet,” as well as providing certain pieces of “evidence” (more on that below). These forms are not available online, although your midwife will often have this form for you. If…

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Is home birth legal in Kentucky?

One question we are frequently asked is whether or not it is legal to have a home birth in Kentucky.  There is a lot of confusion on this topic, so we will do our best to clarify things. There are no laws in Kentucky that specify where a baby can or cannot be born.  We’ve all seen a news story where a baby is born on the side of the road while on the way to the hospital (or some…

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