There have been several long discussions here about what should and should not be on birth certificates. This being the case, I’m slightly chagrined that I only just learned that the US government has a standard form certificate of live birth. (I’ve linked to the 2003 revision, which I believe is the most current.)
To be clear, this is not a form required by the government. I think it is more like a model form. I think slightly less that half the states follow this model. (I don’t believe Washington is one of them.)
What startled me is item #41. Under “Risk Factors” the fifth set of boxes down asks whether the pregnancy resulted from infertility treatments–in other words whether ART was used.
Now there is no question about whether third-party gametes were used. That is what has concerned many who have commented here–that children might not know they were conceived using third-party gametes. But it would alert a person that there were questions that should be asked.
If this information is actually reflected on the paper a person would get if they requested a copy of their own birth certificate, it goes a good deal further towards giving notice than I thought was common. Of course, not everyone will fill out the boxes properly. And many people don’t look at their own birth certificates very frequently. And I am not clear that this is the document given to individuals, rather than a form used by the hospital in reporting to central health authorities. But even with all those caveats, I thought it was noteworthy.