RGD to amend bedside registration
The Registrar General's Department (RGD) is proposing to amend the practice of bedside registration, to require mothers to present identification to verify their identities before their names are added to their child's birth record. The proposed amendment aims to prevent mothers from providing incorrect names on their child's birth certificate. Chief Executive Officer of the RGD Deirdre English Gosse made the announcement while addressing the Inaugural Caribbean Civil Registration and Identity Management Conference in Montego Bay, St James.
Bedside registration is a practice that was instituted by the RGD in 2007, which registers all live and stillbirths in hospitals within hours of the child being born. Gosse says "When a child is being registered during bedside registration, the mother is only required to tell the registration officer her name, without verification.
"In some instances, especially for teenage mothers who don't want to reveal who the father of the child is, they give the registration officer an alias or someone else's name." This practice presents an issue for the child later in life, especially in instances of migration or the claiming of an estate. To correct such an error, a maternity test is required to prove she is the mother, and a Correction of Error application to the RGD to amend the records.