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As a child, I remember asking all about a Foundling Wheel that I had spotted in the outside wall of a French convent.
I wonder if some babies are failing to be registered at all.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baby_hatch
https://theconversation.com/how-coronavirus-caused-a-baby-birth-certificate-backlog-143061
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Re: Current Civil Birth Registation baclog and Baby Boxes / Foundling Wheels
« Reply #1 on: Monday 27 July 20 17:03 BST (UK) »
Assuming you aren’t actually attempting to hide the pregnancy and birth deliberately, the birth registration is double checked by the child health people as well as the registrar ( the hospital or whoever is responsible for the birth having notified the local authorities that the birth has occurred). When I worked as a midwife we would always nag the parent (s) to register the birth for fear we would have to do it out at 42 + days.  In 35 years it never happened. You need the birth certificate to get child benefit which gives an incentive. I don’t think there’s actually much of a problem recently- my son got his baby registered within two weeks at the height of lockdown

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Re: Current Civil Birth Registation baclog and Baby Boxes / Foundling Wheels
« Reply #2 on: Tuesday 28 July 20 16:25 BST (UK) »
At the moment it must depend on the area - in South Wales (may have been all Wales) birth registrations were suspended for a few months (ie a friend who had her baby on the 17th March the earliest she could register him was at 16 weeks old) - they only starting again on 1st July
All we could do as midwives was tell women to contact the registry office and get added to the list.  Even though the offices are now open they are working through the back log so new parents are getting added to the end of it and being told they will be rung back - and child benefit said during covid they would add a child to the claim/start the claim without the birth certificate


I do think people could slip through the net - HOWEVER if the baby was born in a hospital, or a midwife attended the birth (or attended shortly afterwards) then we notify the registrars that a birth has taken place (legally we have to send notification within 48 hours) so they have a list of births in the area - and I do remember once getting a phone call as someone who wasn't on the list had tried registering the baby - they had just been more on the ball and gone to register before the notification had got there - so I think they chase if the birth hasn't been registered and as Jo6100 said the midwives nag them - at least 3 times (before leaving hospital/before midwife leaves if a homebirth, first home visit, then when discharging them from midwives care) plus the health visitors always ask have you done it


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Re: Current Civil Birth Registation backlog and Baby Boxes / Foundling Wheels
« Reply #3 on: Tuesday 28 July 20 18:42 BST (UK) »
Many thanks to you both for your experience of the legal requirements for UK Midwives.

I am always moved by the genuine 'abandoned baby'.  By coincidence, last night on ITV1, in the series 'Long Lost Families' followed two foundlings that were presumably born without the help of any Midwife.  I presume that registration and naming choice would fall to the first local institution to be involved with foundling care.?
"If the parents still refuse, the local authority can intervene as an “institutional parent” to register the birth."
https://theconversation.com/how-coronavirus-caused-a-baby-birth-certificate-backlog-143061
ANSTRUTHER,Worldwide
BENNETT,
BRETT, Sligo
CARNEGIE,
CROCKFORD Hampshire.
ELLIOT,
GAUNTLETT, Worldwide
HEAL, HEALE, HELE, Chew Magna, Somerset
HENRY, Sligo
POPE, London docklands,
PRIDDY, Devon,
STANDERWICK, Somerset,
RIPPINGILLE
Census Information is Crown Copyright, from www.nationalarchives.gov.uk