Florida to Issue Birth/Death Certificates for Miscarriages

In a stunning announcement, Florida says that they are going to start issuing birth certificates for miscarriages. The certificates will also double as a death certificate since it will not state that the baby was actually born. One has to wonder how they will list the sex since many miscarriages happen in the early weeks of pregnancy, before the sex of the baby can be determined.

According to national estimates, between 15 and 20 percent of all pregnancies in the United States result in miscarriages, also known as a “spontaneous abortion”,  every year.

Many different things can cause a miscarriage, and they happen much more often than people would think. Some of the causes could be:


  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Exposure to environmental toxins
  • Infection
  • Overweight
  • Physical problems with the mother’s reproductive organs
  • Smoking

Our first pregnancy ended in a miscarriage very early in the pregnancy. It happened just two days after an arsonist tried to torch our house, one of 5 places in town hit that night. At the early stage we were in, the miscarriage was little more than a small bloody blob that was completely indistinguishable of anything. Neither of us would have the slightest interest in having a certificate to commemorate that tragedy.

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