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.