NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Several parents have contacted News 2 saying they are still waiting for their babies’ birth certificates.
Among them is Mallory Shockley, a single mom from Madison.
Her son, Kymoni, was born on Dec. 18 and she says she has yet to receive a copy of his birth certificate
“I went to try to get his social security card. They told me I needed his shot record and a certified birth certificate. So I went to Tennessee Vitals to get his certified birth certificate and they told me they had zero record of his birth, period,” Shockley told News 2.
Without a social security card and birth certificate, the mom says she is unable to send her son to daycare, so she can’t work and now she is back living with her parents.
She told News 2 she is frustrated.
“Extremely. I would like to go back to school, go to work and be able to take care of my son,” said Shockley.
Since reporting a story on Feb. 18 about another local mom who said she was also waiting for her baby’s birth certificate, News 2 has received dozens of emails and messages from parents in the same situation.
Most of their children were born in December of 2015.
News 2 contacted the Tennessee Office of Vital Records and a spokesperson said they aren’t behind in issuing birth certificates.
The normal waiting period is 30 to 45 days, but information being left off of a birth certificate could be one reason for a delay.
The spokesperson went on to say, “It’s important for the public to know that the process to apply for birth certificates are not automatically generated by filling out information at the hospital. This process must be started through the Tennessee Department of Health Vital Records Office. There also might be delays if someone goes to another health department and does not come to the TDH Vital Records Office to fill out a birth certificate form.”
Anyone having problems or delays in getting their birth certificates should call the Office of Vital Records at 615-741-1763.