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You can chose to do or not do this soon after it is born (within a week), within a few months after it is born, or only when necessary.  However, it may be necessary for a birth certificate so check with your registry to cover your bases.

If CPS becomes an issue, often they just want the baby to see a pediatrician to ensure it is receiving "proper medical care."  So it might be a good idea to get a newborn checkup just to have that under your belt.

Here is the story my unassisted birth with my twin girls.


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