Charles County

Home Births

Legal Requirements

Maryland law requires that all births occurring in the State be registered with the Maryland Department of Health (MD Health-General Code Ann. 4-208). Registration of your child’s birth establishes the facts of birth and will be used throughout your child’s lifetime for a variety of legal purposes. When a baby is born outside of an institution, the local health officer or designee of the jurisdiction where the birth occurred is required to attempt to verify the facts regarding the birth. 

State of Maryland Certified Nurse Midwives and Licensed Direct Entry Midwives now have the authority to complete registration for home births occurring in Charles County. If you were in care with one of these professionals, please contact them for further instructions.

Necessary Documents

The necessary documents from a licensed health care provider would include:

Please contact the Health Department at 301-609-6919 for help with filling out these forms.