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Elizabeth Stark
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Hello everyone. I think the title speaks for itself, but we (spouse and I) are expecting a baby. Our previous children have had the “normal” birth reports, which lead to birth certificates and social security cards. Does anyone have any advice/knowledge if we wanted to explore the pros/cons of not going that route with this birth? Also, if anyone had any connections to a competent midwife in the SW MI area, that would be great as well. There is a licensed midwife we used in the past, and if all else fails, we will try to go with her again. 🙂

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Chadd Elliott
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If you give birth in Michigan a licensed midwife would be breaking the law by not reporting the birth of your baby, unfortunately, you would need to find an underground one or go to another state without licensing laws. Funny enough I live in sw mi, and I had a baby back in may, I don't think you can be forced to get a ss number or birth certificate though, I know I didn't want one but she did so the birth certificate only has her name. I do have a great midwife, we saw her in sterling heights but she has other offices she works out of I think closer to royal oak.

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Elizabeth Stark
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@chaddillac thank you for the confirmation, this was basically my understanding as well. My spouse wants to go the underground route, but I am more unsure. I am having a difficult time researching the pros and cons of having an unregistered birth.

 

Too bad we aren’t closer to the SE MI area, we would look into that midwife! We did have a good midwife with our last birth, and feel like that’s what we will probably end up doing again. I can only imagine what she will say when I ask if she can do my home birth when I’m halfway through without having done any societally-normal prenatal care. 😅

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Chadd Elliott
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Lol I don't live in sw mi, I live in southEAST Michigan so never mind that.

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