Confidential Medical Information

Fetal death certificates and the separate section identified as health and medical information on birth certificates shall not be available to the public or to government agencies except as authorized by law.

Special Authorization


Specific authorization is granted to:
  • State and local registrars' staff
  • State and local health department staff when approved by the state or local registrar respectively
  • Researchers who have approval from the Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects and the Vital Statistics Advisory Committee (VSAC)
  • The parent who signed the certificate, or if no parent signed, the mother
  • The person named on the certificate
  • An adoptive parent after the certificate has been amended pursuant to Health and Safety Code, Section 102645