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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 More recently it has been superseded by the term family planning, which means planning the arrival of children to correspond with the desire and resources of the married couple.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.

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.

birth certificate

An official record of the date and place of a person's birth, usually including the names of the parents.

birth certificate

a legal document recording information about a birth, including, among other details, the date, time, and location of the event; identity of the mother and father; and identity of the attending physician or licensed midwife.
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Working in collaboration with PennDOT and the Department of Health, we have developed an alternative, secure system for verifying the birth records of people born in Pennsylvania to help them obtain a photo ID for voting.
Certified copies of birth records are generally necessary to establish age and citizenship for school, employment, travel, driver's license, Social Security and other governmental benefits.
They linked the birth records of mothers with two or more children to school records that included the child's body mass index (BMI) at an average age of 11.
Finally, the perpetrator may request the birth record of a deceased individual.
OATSystems will provide the complete solution to generate a unique birth record for each part and to capture the part manufacturing details and ongoing maintenance history on a high-memory RFID tag, which will be attached to the part through its useful life.
Washington, May 11 ( ANI ): California will soon make it legal for gay men to list themselves as "mother" on the birth record of the child, it has been revealed.
A look through the birth records of March 1864 uncovers a name that makes you wonder if mum and dad were off the rails.
uk there are birth records from 1855 to 1905, marriages from 1855 to 1930, deaths from 1855 to 1955 as well as census results from 1841 to 1901.
In response to concerns about a shifting sex ratio among members of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation community near Sarnia, Ontario, a team of Canadian researchers examined birth records for the group from the years 1984-2003 as part of a broader community-based investigation.
Officers are checking local birth records, but Mr Giles added that, so far, police had come no closer to finding Bonnie's mother.
However, the bill would allow birth records to become fully public after 100 years and death, marriage, divorce, and annulment records to become unrestricted after 50 years.
The first step is to obtain your birth records by writing to the General Register Office, Smedley Hydro,Trafalgar Road, Birkdale,Southport,PR8 2HH.