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such information as will enable him to prepare the certificate of birth herein contemplated, and it shall be the duty of the person reporting the birth or who may be interrogated in relation thereto to answer correctly and to the best of his knowledge all questions put to him by the local registrar which may be calculated to elicit any information needed to make a complete record of the birth as contemplated by said section fourteen, and it shall be the duty of the informant as to any statement made in accordance herewith to verify such statement by his signature, when requested so to do by the local registrar. [Amended, Statutes 1917, p. 722.] Items in certificate of birth.

§ 14. The certificate of birth shall contain the following items, which are hereby declared necessary for the legal, social, and sanitary purposes subserved by registration records :

(1) Place of birth, including state, county, township or town, village or city. If in a city, the ward, street and house number; if in a hospital or other institution, the name of the same to be given, instead of the street and house number.

(2) Full name of child. If the child dies without a name, before the certificate is filed, enter the words “died unnamed.” If the living child has not yet been named at the date of filing certificate of birth, the space for "full name of child” is to be left blank, to be filled out subsequently by a supplemental report, as hereinafter provided.

(3) Sex of child.

(4) Whether a twin, triplet, or other plural birth. A separate certificate shall be required for each child in case of plural births.

(5) For plural births, number of each child in order of birth. (6) Date of birth, including the year, month, and day. (7) Full name of father. (8) Residence of father (giving city and state of residence). (9) Color or race of father. (10) Age of father at last birthday, in years. (11) Birthplace of father; at least state or foreign country, if known.

(12) Occupation of father. The occupation to be reported if engaged in any remunerative employment, with the statement of (a) trade, profession, or particular kind of work; (b) general nature of industry, business or establishment in which employed (or employer).

(13) Maiden name of mother. (14) Residence of mother, (giving city and state of residence). (15) Color or race of mother. (16) Age of mother at last birthday, in years. (17) Birthplace of mother; at least state or foreign country, if known.

(18) Occupation of mother. The occupation to be reported if engaged in any remunerative employment, with the statement of (a) trade, profession, or particular kind of work; (b) general nature of industry, business or establishment in which employed (or employer).

(19) Number of children born to this mother, including present birth. (20) Number of children of this mother living.

(21) The certification of attending physician or midwife as to attendance at birth, including statement of year, month, day (as given in item seven), and hour of birth, and whether the child was born alive or stillborn. This certification shall be signed by the attending physician or midwife, with date of signature and address; if there is no physician or midwife in attendance, then by the father or mother of the child, householder, owner of the premises, or manager or superintendent of public or private institution where the birth occurred, or other competent person, whose duty it shall be to notify the local registrar of such birth, as required by section thirteen of this act.

(22) Exact date of filing in office of local registrar, attested by his official signature, and registered number of birth, as hereinafter provided. [Amended, Statutes 1917, p. 723.] Report of child's given name.

$ 15. When any certificate of birth of a living child is presented without the statenient of the given name, then the local registrar shall make out and deliver to the parents of the child a special blank for the supplemental report of the given name of the child, which shall be filled out as directed, and returned to the local registrar as soon as the child shall have been named.

MATERNITY HOSPITALS. An act to provide for the licensing, inspecting and regulating of maternity

hospitals or lying-in asylums, and institutions, boarding houses and homes for the reception and care of children, by the state board of charities and corrections, and providing a penalty for the violation of the provisions of this act.

[Approved April 23, 1913; Statutes 1913, p. 73.] License for maternity hospitals.

§ 1. No person, association or corporation shall hereafter maintain or conduct in this state any maternity hospital or lying-in asylum where females may be received, cared for or treated during pregnancy, or during or after delivery; or any institution, boarding house, home or other place conducted as a place for the reception and care of children, without first obtaining a license or permit therefor, in writing, from the state board of charities and corrections, such permit or license once issued to continue until revoked for cause after a hearing. Rules for government.

§ 2. The state board of charities and corrections is hereby authorized to issue licenses or permits to persons or associations to conduct maternity hospitals, lying-in asylums, or homes for children, as provided in section one of this act, and to prescribe the conditions upon which such licenses or permits shall be granted, and such rules and regulations as it may deem best for the government and regulation of maternity hospitals, lying-in asylums and institutions, boarding houses, or homes for the reception and care of children, and said board is further authorized, by one or more of its members, secretary, or duly authorized representative, to inspect and report upon the conditions prevailing in all such institutions. Penalty.

§ 3. Any person who maintains or conducts, or assists in maintaining or conducting as manager or officer, any maternity hospital, lying-in asylum, or any institution, boarding house, home or other place conducted as a place for the reception and care of children, or who keeps at any such place any child under the age of twelve years, not his relative, apprentice or ward, without first having obtained a license or permit there. for in writing, as provided in section one of this act, shall be punished upon conviction by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than one year, or by a fine not to exceed five hundred dollars, or both a fine and imprisonment may be imposed at the discretion of the court.


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[Sections from amendments to the State Medical Practice Act, approved

April 11, 1917; Statutes 1917, p. 93.] Certificate required.

§ 8. Four forms of certificates shall be issued by said board (of medical examiners] under the seal thereof and signed by the president and secretary; * fourth, a certificate to practice midwifery which shall be in the form designated by the board and in conformity with this act. Such certificate shall entitle the holder thereof to attend cases of childbirth. As used in this act, the practice of midwifery means the furthering or undertaking by any person to assist a woman in normal childbirth, but it does not include at any childbirth the use of any instrument, except such instrument as is necessary in severing the umbilical cord, nor the assisting of childbirth by any artificial, forcible or mechanical means, nor the performance of any version, nor the removal of adherent placenta, nor the administering, prescribing, advising or employing in childbirth of any drug, other than a disinfectant or cathartic. The provisions hereof shall not authorize any midwife to practice medicine and surgery. A “reciprocity certificate” shall also be issued under the provisions hereinafter specified. Any of these certificates on being recorded in the office of the county clerk, as hereinafter provided, shall constitute the holder thereof a duly licensed practioner in accordance with the provisions of his certificate. Testimonials and diploma.

$ 9. Every applicant must file with the board, at least two weeks prior to the regular meeting thereof, satisfactory testimonials of good moral character, and a diploma or diplomas issued by some legally chartered



school or schools approved by the board, the requirements of which school or schools shall have been at the time of granting such diploma or diplomas in no degree less than those required under this act, or satisfactory evidence of having possessed such diploma or diplomas, and must file an affidavit stating that he is the person named in said diploma or diplomas, and that he is the lawful holder thereof, and that the same was procured in the regular course of instruction and examination without fraud or misrepresentation ; * provided, further, that an applicant for a certificate to practice midwifery, must show that the applicant has attended a one-year course in a hospital recognized as reputable by the board, and that a course of instruction in anatomy, physiology, obstetrics and hygiene and sanitation as set forth in section ten hereof has been taken, covering a period of one year; provided, further, that in lieu thereof, an applicant who can submit satisfactory proof of the possession of a diploma from a recognized reputable hospital, and who in addition thereto has attended a course of instruction in the subjects enumerated in section ten hereof and satisfactory proof that such instruction has been taken covering a period of at least three months; and provided, further, that in lieu thereof an applicant may present proof satisfactory to the board that the applicant has taken a course of instruction with the minimum requirements as designated in section ten of any school or schools approved by the board as giving a course of instruction in said subjects for a certificate to practice medicine and surgery;

The preliminary or basic educational qualifications for an applicant to practice midwifery in this state shall be the completon of one year of high school work or its equivalent, and after October, 1918, the presentation to the board of a diploma from a California high school giving a full four years' standard high school course or its equivalent. Minimum requirements.

§ 10. Applicants for any form of certificate shall file satisfactory evidence of having pursued in any legally chartered school or schools, approved by the board, a course of instruction covering and including the following minimum requirements:


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Group 1.

For a Certificate to Practice Midwifery.

150 hours. Anatomy

Group 2. 265 hours.

Hygiene and sanitation

75 hours 75 hours

100 hours 165 hours


415 hours In the course of study herein outlined the hours required shall be actual work in the classroom, laboratory, clinic or hospital, and at least eighty





(80) per cent of actual attendance shall be required; provided, that the hours herein required in any subject need not exceed seventy-five (75) per cent of the number specified, but that the total number of hours in all the subjects of each group shall not be less than the total number specified for such group. Examination.

§ 11.

All applicants for a certificate to practice midwifery must pass an examination in the following subjects :

1. Anatomy and physiology.
2. Obstetrics.
3. Hygiene and sanitation.

All examinations shall be practical in character and designed to ascertain the applicant's fitness to practice his profession, and shall be conducted in the English language, and at least a portion of the examination in each of the subjects shall be in writing. The board in its discretion upon the submission of satisfactory proof from the applicant that he is unable to meet the requirements of the examination in the English language, may allow the use of an interpreter either to be present in the examination room or to thereafter interpret and transcribe the answers of the applicant. The selection of such interpreter is to be left entirely to the board and the expenses thereof to be borne by the applicant, the payment therefor to be made before such examination is held. There shall be at least ten questions on each subject, the answers to which shall be marked on a scale of zero to one hundred. Each applicant must obtain no less than a general average of seventy-five per cent, and not less than sixty per cent in any two subjects; provided, that any applicant shall be granted a credit of one per cent upon the general average for each year of actual practice since graduation; provided, further, that

an applicant for a certificate to practice midwifery obtaining seventy-five per cent in one subject, shall be subsequently reexamined in those subjects only in which he failed, and without additional fee.

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The examination papers shall form a part of the records of the board, and shall be kept on file by the secretary for a period of one year after each examination. In said examination the applicant shall be known and designated by number only, and the name attached to the number shall be kept secret until after the board has finally voted upon the application. The secretary of the board shall in no instance participate as an examiner in any examination held by the board. All questions on any subject in which examination is required under this act shall be provided by the board of medical examiners upon the morning of the day upon which examination is given in such subject, and when it shall be shown that the secretary or any member of the board has in any manner given information in advance of or during examination to any applicant it shall be the duty of the governor to remove such person from the board of medical examiners, or from the office of secretary.

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