The birth certificate is an individual’s claim and proof of citizenship, identification and relationship to his or her parents. This document serves as the primary document for each of us to enter school, play little league sports, obtain a social security number and account, a driver’s license, a passport and lastly to prove we are citizens and are qualified to work in the USA.
At the hospital, you will be asked to complete the Mother’s Worksheet for Child’s Birth Certificate. You may begin the form at home or complete it during your stay. The form will be completed and signed in the hospital after your baby is born. Please visit the Texas Department of State Health Services to download the worksheet in English or Spanish.
It is important to register the birth of your newborn with the Texas Department of State Health Services Vital Statistics as soon as possible. Failure to complete the registry will delay the documents, including your baby’s Social Security card.
Parents should be informed that Memorial Hermann does not aid in issuing certified copies of birth certificates. The information collected by the Birth Certificate department at Memorial Hermann is used solely to register the newborn baby with the Texas Department of State Health Services Vital Statistics.
Visit the Bureau of Vital Statistics website at https://www.dshs.texas.gov/ to learn how to get a certified copy of your newborn’s birth certificate.
Get specific requirements and information about birth certificates by county and hospital:
If you are not married, the father's name may be completed on the certificate only if both parents sign the Acknowledgement of Paternity. If you are not married to the biological father of your child but you want to establish paternity on the baby, the Acknowledgement of Paternity (AOP) form must be completed. Please note that Form 1608 Acknowledgment of Paternity is voluntary.
Unmarried parents can establish paternity in one of two ways:
The child benefits from establishing from paternity. A child benefits from establishing paternity by having:
Learn more about establishing paternity, get answers to frequently asked questions, and get contact information at the Attorney General of Texas Website. Go now »
Memorial Hermann’s Fatherhood Initiative offers a 12-week course with separate education classes for mothers and fathers to learn co-parenting fundamentals. The fathers’ classes are designed to help fathers share experiences and learn skills to help each father be the best parent he can be. The mothers’ classes are designed for mothers to learn more about the benefits of co-parenting, share experiences, and gather tools to foster a good co-parenting relationship.
Find out more information and register for one of these classes online or call (713) 222-CARE to register by phone.