I’ve been with the kids this week for the birth of our new grand baby. This morning I was at the hospital visiting mommy, daddy and the new guy when a hospital worker came in with some paperwork for mommy to sign. It was the birth information sheet for the state.
The worker gave mommy a form to send in to order a certified copy of the birth certificate from the state, and then she handed mommy another piece of colored paper from the hospital, previously prepared, and said, “here’s your souvenir.”
State and local jurisdictions issue certified copies of birth certificates; hospitals issue souvenirs.