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OF STATE BOARD OF HEALTH.

CHAPTER 85.

OF STATE BOARD OF HEALTH.

AN ACT to provide for a Uniform System of Registration of Births

in the State of Delaware.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware in General Assembly met:

Health to have

forms, blanks,

Section 1. That the State Board of Health of Dela- State Board of ware shall have charge of the registration of births, pre-charge of birth

registrations pare the necessary methods, forms and blanks for obtaining and preserving such records and to insure the To prepare faithful registration of the same in the cities, counties methods (with the Recorder of Deeds of each County) with the &e. Local Registrar of each District, and in the central bureau of Vital Statistics of the State. The said board shall be charged with the uniform and thorough enforcement of the law throughout the State, and shall from time to time make and promulgate any additional rules, forms and amendments that may be necessary for this purpose.

State Board of

Section 2. That the Secretary of the State Board of Secretary of Health shall be the State Registrar of Vital Statistics, Health to be and shall have general supervision over the central bu- of Vital reau of Vital Statistics, which is hereby authorized to be established by said Board, and which shall be under the immediate direction of the said State Registrar, and who shall be a medical practitioner of not less than five Bequirements years' practice in his profession, and a competent vital Registrar statistician. The State Registrar of Vital Statistics shall receive an annual salary to be fixed by the State Board of Health, payable quarterly. The State Board

Salary

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Board of
Health to pro-

to carry act into effect

of Health shall provide for such clerical and other asvide assistants sistants as may be necessary for the purpose of this act,

who shall serve during the pleasure of the Board, and may fix the compensation of persons thus employed within the amount appropriated therefor by the Legislature. Suitable equipment shall be provided for the Bureau of Vital Statistics, which shall be properly equipped with filing cases for the permanent preservation of all official records made and returned under this act.

State to be districted

Section 3. That for the purposes of this Act the State shall be divided into Vital Statistic Registration districts by the State Board of Health; provided, however, that the City of Wilmington shall be one of the Vital Statistic Registration districts of the State.

City of
Wilmington

Local Regis trars to be appointed

Section 4. The State Board of Health shall appoint a Local Registrar of Vital Statistics for each Vital Statistics Registration district in the State and the State Registrar shall approve of the deputy to act in case of illness or absence of the Local Registrar; provided, however, that the State Board of Health shall appoint the Regis

trar of Births, Deaths and Marriages of the City of Registrar for Wilmington the Local Registrar of the Vital Statistic

Registration district of Wilmington as provided in Section 3.

Wilmington

Term of office of Registrars

The term of office of Local Registrar appointed by said Board and their deputies shall be for two years, beginning with the first day of May, 1913 and shall continue in office as such until removed or the election of a successor; provided, however, that the term of office of the Local Registrar of the Vital Statistic Registration district of Wilmington shall commence and end with the term of office of the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages of the City of Wilmington.

City of
Wilmington

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duties

Any Local Registrar appointed by said board or his Failure of Regdeputy, who fails or neglects to discharge efficiently the out their duties of his office as laid down in this act, or who fails to comply with the Rules of the State Board of Health, or who fails to make prompt and complete returns of births as required hereby, shall be forthwith removed from his office by the State Board of Health, and his successor appointed, in addition to any other penalties that may be imposed for failure or neglect to perform his duty, under this act.

Each Local Registrar appointed by said Board shall, Appointment immediately upon his acceptance of appointment as such,

, appoint a deputy, whose duty it shall be to act in his stead in case of absence, illness or disability, said Deputy Registrar shall in writing accept such appointment, and shall be subject to all laws, rules and regulations governing the action of Local Registrars. And when it may appear necessary for the convenience of the people in any district, the Local Registrar is hereby authorized, with the approval of the State Registrar, to appoint one or more suitable persons to act as Local Sub-registrars, Local Subwho shall be authorized to receive Birth Certificates in and for such portions of the district as may be designated; and each sub-registrar shall note, over his signature, the date on which each certificate was filed, and shall forward all certificates to the Local Registrar of the district within ten days after receiving the same, and in all cases before the third day of the following month; provided, that all sub-registrars shall be subject to the supervision and control of the State Registrar, and may be by him removed for neglect or failure to perform Removal of their duties in accordance with the provisions of this act or the rules and regulations of the State Board of Health and the State Registrar, and they shall be liable to the same penalties for neglect of duties as the Local Registrar.

Sub-registrars

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All births to be

Section 5. That all births that occur in the State shall immediately registered

be immediately registered in the registration district in which they occur, as provided by this act.

Physician or midwife to file a birth certificate

Section 6. That it shall be the duty of the attending physician or midwife to file a certificate of birth, properly and completely filled out, giving all the particulars required by this act, with the Local Registrar of the district in which the birth occurred, within ten days after

the date of birth. And if there be no attending physitrar to be noti- cian or midwife, then it shall be the duty of the father or ician or midy mother of the child, householder or owner of the premwife by others ises, manager or superintendent of public or private in

stitutions in which the birth occurred to notify the Local Registrar, within ten days after the birth, of the fact of such birth having occurred. It shall then, in such case, be the duty of the Local Registrar to secure the necessary information and signature to make a proper certificate of birth; provided, that in cities the certificate of birth shall be filed at a less interval than ten days after birth, if so required by municipal ordinance (or regulations) now in force or that may hereafter be enacted.

Registration of still born children

That still born children or those dead at birth shall be registered as births and also as deaths, and a certificate of both the birth and death shall be filed with the Local Registrar, in the usual form and manner, the certificate of birth to contain, in place of the name of the child, the word “Stillbirth”. The medical certificate of the cause of death shall be signed by the attending physician, if any, and shall state the cause of death as "Stillborn". With the cause of the stillbirth, if known, whether a premature birth, and, if born prematurely, the period of uterine gestation, in months, if known; and a burial or removal permit in the usual form shall be required. Midwives shall not sign certificates of death for stillborn children; but such cases, and stillbirths occurring with

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out attendance of either physician or midwife, shall be treated as deaths without medical attendance.

That each physician shall be entitled to be paid the Physicians to sum of ten cents for each birth certificate of a child born cents for each

certificate of after this act goes into effect, properly and completely birth made out and registered with the Local Registrar of the district in which the birth occurred.

The Local Registrar shall certify to the State. Regis- Certification trar the amount thus due each physician on the first day due

of each year.

to draw war

County Treas. urer to pay Physicians

The State Registrar shall then draw by warrant, from State Registrar the County Treasurer of each County, the amount due rants on the physician for said certificates in each county, provided said amount shall tally with the Birth Certificates registered in the Bureau of Vital Statistics, and shall immediately on receiving said moneys from said County Treasurer pay said physician as provided in this section.

Any physician or person present at the birth of any hirtebord child child, or (if not present at the time of the birth of the child) who attends the case of any mother during her lying-in period, shall within twenty-four hours report said birth to the State Registrar of Vital Statistics on a form supplied by the State Registrar. This form shall contain the following information:

Form of report

(1) Name of Father and Mother.

(2) Date of Birth of the child, and such other information as the State Board of Health may require.

This report shall in no way supplant or relieve any re- Penalties sponsibility for filing a certificate of the birth as provided for in this section. Any person failing to make the reports as provided in this section shall be liable to the penalties provided in Section 14 of this act.

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