At University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) and the Martini Hospital in the city of Groningen, registration of birth forms can now be completed on an iPad.
New parents no longer have to travel to their local city hall or City Counter to sign their child’s registration. That goes for international parents as well. According to International Welcome Center North operations manager Karen Prowse, as long as international parents have a DigiD and their registered partnership, marriage or an acknowledgement from the father is registered in the BRP (Key Register of Persons), they can also make use of the new digital service (Editorial note: IWCN is a partner of The Northern Times).
Both of the Groningen city hospitals have iPads that are designated for registration of birth forms. New parents can sign the form by using their DigiD. It was already possible for parents to complete the form digitally, but one of the parents still have to go to city hall to physically sign the form.
“No more mistakes due to post-birth haze”
According to the municipality, a digital form is not only more convenient for parents, but it is also more accurate because it allows parents to check the form for mistakes. “The odds of making any mistakes on the form due to being in a sort of post-birth haze are lower when filling in the form digitally.”