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Birth & Maternity Services in Marrero

Your body undergoes tremendous changes during pregnancy, labor, delivery, and the postpartum period. Having questions and concerns is normal and learning about what is happening to you and your unborn baby will help you understand the changes your body is experiencing. It may also help you cope with the common discomforts of pregnancy and childbirth.

The Family Birth Place offers resources and classes to help you learn about this stage of life and to make sure you're prepared for your bundle of joy.

Birth certificate information

Birth certificates: general information and packet

The WJMC Birth Certificate Office will help new parents complete the application for the newborn's birth certificate. A Birth Certificate Coordinator will contact the mother while she in the hospital with additional information about the baby's birth certificate and social security card.

Parents can get a head start on the birth certificate paperwork before delivery if desired. The completed worksheets can be given to the Birth Certificate Coordinator after delivery.

Birth certificate office contact information

West Jefferson Medical Center – Main Hospital
1st Floor - HIM Department
P: 504.349.1738
Office Hours: Monday - Friday (8:00 am - 4:00 pm) (Appointments are required)

Paternity information

After the baby is born, a hospital Birth Certificate Coordinator will provide information about establishing paternity for unmarried parents and establishing paternity outside of marriage. Coordinators will help parents to complete the necessary legal documents. Valid identification is required for all parents signing the “Acknowledgment of Paternity” documents.

Paternity can also be established after discharge by amending the birth certificate. Contact the Louisiana Vital Records (504.593.5122) to establish paternity after the birth certificate has been filed.

For additional information about establishing paternity for unmarried parent or establishing paternity outside of marriage, visit the Louisiana Paternity Establishment Program and the Louisiana Office of Vital Records Paternity Information page.

Copy of birth verification letter (proof of birth)

A "Birth Verification" letter (Temporary Birth Certificate) will be given to parents by the hospital’s Birth Certificate Coordinator once the Birth Certificate paperwork is completed. To receive an additional copy of the " Birth Verification" letter, contact the WJMC Birth Certificate Office 504.349.1738.

Birth verification letters can be obtained from the Birth Certificate Office:

  • In person by one of the baby’s parents, if he or she is listed on the birth certificate and has a picture ID. (Call 504.349.1738 for an appointment)
  • By mail to the address listed on the birth certificate worksheet.
How to obtain a certified copy of a Louisiana birth certificate

The Louisiana Vital Records Registry in New Orleans will mail a complimentary certified copy of the baby's birth certificate. It typically takes 6 - 10 weeks to come in the mail.

To check on the status of a birth certificate, please contact the Louisiana Vital Records (Phone: 504.593.5100). If they are unable to answer questions regarding your certificate, contact WJMC Birth Certificate Office (Phone: 504.349.1738).

Birth certificates are available at Louisiana Vital Records throughout the state. There is a charge for each copy. Please contact the Louisiana Vital Records (Phone: 504.593.5100).
How to correct or amend a birth certificate

Corrections and amendments to a birth certificate are processed through the Louisiana Office of Vitals Records. The process to make changes to a birth certificate varies depending on the type of legal change requested and how recently the record was filed. For additional details about correcting or amending a Louisiana Birth Certificate, please visit the Office of Vital Records Amendments page.

  • If you would like to make a change to the birth certificate, contact Louisiana Vital Records: Amendments Department (Phone: 504.593.5122).
  • There may be a fee to make changes.
Social security card

Parents have the option of requesting a Social Security Card during the birth certificate application process completed at the hospital. It typically takes two to four months to receive a child's social security number if the parents apply for it on the child's birth certificate request form.

To check the status of the social security card or to inquire about a replacement card, contact the New Orleans Social Security Office 1.855.257.0984. You may also visit the Social Security Administration Website for additional information.

Maternal Fetal Medicine

For our high-risk pregnancies that require extra-special care, our Maternal Fetal Medicine team is here to partner with you to create a individualized care plan that's best for you and your baby.


  • 24/7 exam availability
  • Regular department hours: Mon - Fri 7 AM - 11 PM; Sat 8 AM - 6:30 PM
  • Call coverage on weeknights: 11 PM - 7 AM
  • Call coverage on weekends: 6:30 PM Saturday night until Monday at 7 AM

Labor classes

Labor and Birth is one of the prenatal classes offered by The Family Birth Place. This class is designed to help expectant parents understand the process of labor and birth. Class also includes information on pain management, C-section births and common labor and delivery procedures. Information on the changes you will experience after childbirth is also included. All expectant mothers and their spouses or partners are encouraged to attend this free class. There is also a tour of the Family Birth Place in Labor and Delivery class.

Lamaze class

Prepared Childbirth (Lamaze) class is a special class designed for expectant parents who want to take a more active role in labor and birth. This class is designed to teach the special exercises, breathing patterns and relaxation techniques that can help the expectant woman be more comfortable during labor and delivery. Prepared Childbirth classes also discuss epidural anesthesia or analgesia (pain medications) that can be used in addition to prepared childbirth techniques to help the pregnant woman be more comfortable during labor and delivery. Tour included in Lamaze as well.

Please call The Family Birth Place at 504.349.6200 for class dates and times as well as registration information.

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