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#1 Offspring

Posted 14 March 2017 - 01:36 PM

Hi everyone,

In hospital, what surname will be on the baby's identification bands and bed name tag etc mine or my partners?

The baby will have my partner's surname (as we will be married and mine will eventually be his too) but will they put his surname on the identification in hospital if we are not married as my surname will be different to bub's on the security identification?


Edited by Offspring, 15 March 2017 - 11:59 AM.

#2 mandala

Posted 14 March 2017 - 01:38 PM

The baby will have your surname, as the staff match the baby to you. This is regardless if you are married or not - DH and I are married but have different names, therefore both our boys had all their labels with my surname while in hospital.

#3 ~J_F~

Posted 14 March 2017 - 01:40 PM

That's not my experience mandala. Babies had DHS name on all their identification and I had mine. The babies just said baby of my name also.

#4 MarigoldMadge

Posted 14 March 2017 - 01:46 PM

Dh and I have different surnames. She was born at 6pm, we didn't name her until the following morning and we didn't do any paperwork for her at the hospital, and we checked out at 3pm that day.

So her tags just said my name.

#5 Nepheline

Posted 14 March 2017 - 01:47 PM

Mine just said 'Baby of Nepheline Lastname' Partners name not on it.

#6 Moukmouk

Posted 14 March 2017 - 01:49 PM

Babies have the mothers surname. Whatever name you are admitted under, they will be "Baby xxx". So DD and DS were "Baby mouk" instead of "Baby bear" for example. Made it easy to avoid some of the older relatives....
They wrote the first name on the tag on the crib when we named them.

#7 ~J_F~

Posted 14 March 2017 - 01:49 PM

 Nepheline, on 14 March 2017 - 01:47 PM, said:

Mine just said 'Baby of Nepheline Lastname' Partners name not on it.

So did mine on their bands but on the bed thing it had DHs name :)

Edited by ~Nasty_Jodama~, 14 March 2017 - 01:49 PM.

#8 mandala

Posted 14 March 2017 - 01:49 PM

Perhaps it depends on the hospital. They actually told us during the hospital tour that the baby has the mother's surname while in hospital, and not to worry, you could give the father's name to Births, Deaths and Marriages - but that they wouldn't use the father's name on the bassient so pre-warn the in-laws!

#9 VVV

Posted 14 March 2017 - 02:01 PM

We were told that the baby's name must match that of the mother's on all identification whilst in hospital. I don't share the same surname as my husband so my DD took my surname in hospital.

It's no issue - just submit the paperwork to births, deaths marriages with the name you want.

#10 VVV

Posted 14 March 2017 - 02:02 PM

 mandala, on 14 March 2017 - 01:49 PM, said:

but that they wouldn't use the father's name on the bassient so pre-warn the in-laws!

Ah yes, I have my DD's in a frame in her room - she might be a bit confused when she can read it :)

#11 Lou-bags

Posted 14 March 2017 - 02:04 PM

 mandala, on 14 March 2017 - 01:49 PM, said:

Perhaps it depends on the hospital. They actually told us during the hospital tour that the baby has the mother's surname while in hospital, and not to worry, you could give the father's name to Births, Deaths and Marriages - but that they wouldn't use the father's name on the bassient so pre-warn the in-laws!

This was the case for the hospital I birthed at too.

And, I'm somewhat ashamed to admit, it was the catalyst for me finally doing the paperwork to change the name on my private health and medicare to Lou-bags DH's surname.

I pictured having to explain the situation to the ILs (FIL in particular, who is a traditionalist and would have definitely noticed) while in the vulnerable state of having just given birth and decided that it wasn't the place I wanted to make a stand.
Especially as I have mostly conceded to DH and have (mostly) taken his last name.

#12 mandala

Posted 14 March 2017 - 02:07 PM

Funnily enough, I really, really liked having my name on my babies' bands and bassinet. They were really 'all mine' and represented my hard work. Not to say that it's not that way if you have changed your name, of course!

#13 Wonderstruck

Posted 14 March 2017 - 03:44 PM

I gave birth just over two weeks ago and my baby's name tags said my surname, baby of my first name. My surname is the same as DH's. All her stickers had this on it.

Our baby's first name was written by us on the little name card in her crib the next day. They did ask if we had a name for her but I think it all got lost in the post birth complications.

The registration of name stuff is a matter for you as they Hospital just fills out the necessary info and you put in the specifics and submit it.

#14 Freddie'sMum

Posted 14 March 2017 - 04:27 PM

It's been a while but when I gave birth to DD#1 - she was listed under my surname - not DH's.

Sorry - to make it clearer - I was the patient booked into the hospital under my own name (eg Freddie Fox)  - so baby was under my name too (Baby Fox).

Edited by Freddie'sMum, 14 March 2017 - 04:28 PM.

#15 YeahbutNasty

Posted 14 March 2017 - 07:52 PM

Both of mine were under my surname not DPs, as 'baby my surname'. Two different hospitals.

#16 Phascogale

Posted 29 March 2017 - 12:39 PM

For ease of ID it's usually your surname that's used.  Even down to cot card often.  That's on the maternity ward.  Sometimes you see dad's name on the cot card and some midwive's don't care but others will (and will change it).

If you have your baby in a NICU or SCN it might be a different story and they will have their own name once registered with BDM.

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