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a coming into being; the act or process of being born.
birth certificate a written, authenticated record of the birth of a child, required by state laws throughout the United States. After a birth is registered, a birth certificate is issued which represents legal proof of parentage, age, and citizenship, and is of great personal and legal importance. A birth certificate is required for many legal and business or personal transactions. Whether the child is born at home or at the hospital, the physician, midwife, or other attendant must report the birth to the local or state registrar. The report becomes a permanent record, and a certificate is issued to the parents. If a child dies during birth, an immediate report and certification of the birth and death are required, containing a statement of the cause of death.
birth control the concept of limiting the size of families by measures designed to prevent conception. The movement of that name began in modern times as a humanitarian reform to conserve the health of mothers and the welfare of children, especially among the poor. More recently it has been superseded by the term family planning, which means planning the arrival of children to correspond with the desire and resources of the married couple. See also contraception.
multiple birth the birth of two or more offspring produced in the same gestation period.
premature birth (preterm birth) expulsion of the fetus from the uterus before termination of the normal gestation period, but after independent existence has become possible; defined as birth occurring before 37 completed weeks (295 days), counting from the first day of the last normal menstrual period. Approximately 6 to 8 per cent of all live births in the United States are premature, and premature births are the major cause of neonatal morbidity and mortality.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

birth cer·ti·fi·cate

official, legal document recording details of a live birth, usually comprising name, date, place, identity of parents, and sometimes additional information such as birth weight.
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birth certificate

An official record of the date and place of a person's birth, usually including the names of the parents.
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"We find over 5,000 children annually, who need help and among them about 1,000 children who do not have a birth certificate. A law which says that if the child did not receive a certificate a month after birth, then parents will have to pay a fine of 1,000 soms was passed at the beginning of 2019.
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- Africa on Saturday marks the second Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Day under the themeBirth Certificate for All: Fundamental for Protecting Human Rights and Promoting Inclusion,based on the recognition that the right to birth registration, especially to a birth certificate is a fundamental means of safeguarding a person's rights for the entirety of their life.
'While [the security paper] over the years has changed in appearance to keep the proliferation of fraudulent birth certificates and identities at bay, the PSA has been emphatic in its assurance that such does not remove the validity of the birth certificate,' he said.
Birth certificates issued by the PSA are printed on security paper, or SECPA.
Birth certificates certified by the PSA are printed on security paper, otherwise known as SECPA.
The number of unprocessed birth certificate applications in Vihiga County has hit 32,000 from 18,700 in February.
She said the immigration department had experienced challenges where either one of the parents on the birth certificate did not want the other to be involved when applying for the child's passport because of family conflicts and this impacts negatively on the child.
He noted that not all of the nearly 500 who came today were applicants, with some merely accompanying the applicants as their spouse or relatives, including those who bring along their children whom they are applying a birth certificate for.
The official said birth certificate was necessary for the children to get admissions in educational institutions.
The same midwives who provided fraudulent birth certificates also delivered thousands of babies legally in the United States.
He advises clients applicants must "insist to know whom they are dealing with" in obtaining birth certificates.
A review of 2009-2014 birth certificate data from 47 states that report HCV status of the mother on infant birth certificates found an 89% increase in prevalence of maternal HCV infection, from 1.8 per 1,000 live births in 2009 to 3.4 in 2014 (2).