The management team of the establishment in which the child was born must declare the birth to the Civil Registry Office within a deadline of 3 days. In the case of children born at home, this procedure can be performed by any person who attended the birth.
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A birth is registered by the civil registry office in the municipality in which the birth occurred. Depending on the place of birth, the declaration required for the birth to be registered is the responsibility of the management team of the medical establishment where the birth occurred or the person who attended the birth.
This declaration must be made within a deadline of 3 days after the birth.
Birth in a hospital facility
The management team of the hospital or medical establishment in which the child was born declares the birth to the relevant civil registry office. A branch of the civil registry office has now been set up in the maternity ward of the HUG, the most common place of birth in the canton. The presence of a civil registry officer on site facilitates the registration of new-born babies and ensures that information is available concerning the procedure for registering a birth. Located on the ground floor, the branch is open every afternoon and all day Monday.
Birth in a different location
Any person who attended the birth (father, midwife, doctor, etc.) is required to declare the birth to the relevant civil registry office.
The birth certificate
The birth certificate can be requested from the civil registry office which registered the birth. This document indicates:
- the place, data and time of birth;
- the surname(s);
- the first name(s).
It also provides information relating to the parents, including their surname, first names, place of origin and place of residence.
Article modifié le 13.05.2020 à 13:07