Yesterday, I found out that as of March 21, 2012 New York residents can receive a Certificate of Stillbirth. The certificates can be issued retroactively. Soon, I will have birth certificates for my boys Bennett (2/13/10 born @ 21 weeks 6 days) and Elijah (10/19/10 born @ 25 weeks.)
Any New York friends who need more information, please check out http://www.danielsstar.org/
To me this is a very important piece of paper. It proves to the world that my babies may have been stillborn, but they were still born. Both times, I left the hospital with nothing but a box of mementos and photographs. I could not get a birth certificate. I never received a death certificate, although I never pursued that. How could you get a death certificate without a birth certificate?
I can't wait to tuck away Bennett's and Elijah's birth certificates with their siblings' certificates in our strongbox.
Ten certificates for ten little lives.