The word “abortion” doesn’t appear on the Canadian birth certificate for any newborn, but if you’re pregnant with one, you’ll need to provide proof of your pregnancy.
The document asks for a birth certificate, an identification document (e.g., a birth card, passport or driver’s licence), a hospital card or a birth date.
“Birth certificates can be produced in the same manner as a passport or a Canadian birth record, but the document itself must be in a language that the individual understands,” says a statement from the Health Canada division of birth certificate.
A copy of your birth certificate must be sent to the Ministry of Health (MOH) of Canada.
The document is meant to provide information about your baby’s health status and medical conditions.
If you are pregnant, the document also asks for proof of a health professional’s appointment to help with the delivery of your baby.
You may also need to show your name and address if you are in a hospital setting or to provide an insurance claim for expenses related to your pregnancy, such as medications, equipment and travel expenses.
Before giving birth, you should check with your doctor and see if you have a history of complications related to pregnancy.
You may need to have a C-section, or C-sections are medically necessary and can be risky, even for the safest cases.
This article was originally published on April 25, 2017.