Have your family record book or certificate and residency documents ready. The hospital administration needs these documents to register the child’s birth with the Registry Office.
The last weeks before the birth are also the time to finalise your choice of the child’s first name(s). The hospital will expect you to have decided on your child’s name already.
Insure your baby with the health insurance fund before the birth. You will not have to complete a health questionnaire and your child will have full cover.
If the parents are not married the father must acknowledge the child. This means he must be officially registered as the father at the Registry Officer. After the birth unmarried parents will also be contacted by the Guardianship Authority, which will ensure that an arrangement has been reached regarding maintenance payments for the child.