Post # 1
I was reading a thread somewhere around here this week that indicated that you can have a problem being with your husband or child in an emergency medical situation if you didn’t change your name. I’m not changing mine and was just wondering if this is a real problem and, if so, if there’s something I can realistically carry around with me (e.g. not the marriage license b/c it’s HUGE) that will address this problem. thanks!
Post # 3
Your kid’s birth certificate will have both the mother and father’s names on it. You could keep a copy in your purse/wallet.
Post # 4
I have worked in ER 20 years. We have never had a problem with a parent having a different last name than the child. That is very common place these days.
Post # 5
@JoJo Bananas: the birth certificate suggestion is not a bad one, but i’ve always thought it’s a pretty bad idea to carry around something like that all the time. my mom for some reason kept me and my brother’s SS cards with her years ago and her purse got stolen. its been years and since no activity has shown up im hoping they just got lost/destroyed along the way, but i still constantly check my credit reports and things like that in case anyone has used the information.
Post # 6
I worked in an ER as well. We NEVER asked for proof. If you say you’re the wife/mother, then you sign in (like anyone else has to) and go see them.
I wouldn’t recommend carrying documents with you that compromise identity. If you lose a copy of your kid’s birth certificate it could be 18 years before they find out someone else has stolen their identity and ruined their credit.
Post # 7
Whew. Thanks ladies! This is the only thing that has given me pause about not changing my name. Glad to hear it is not really a problem! 🙂
Post # 8
I work in medical field and have never experienced that happening either nor has it happened to me since I now have a different last name than my son.
Post # 9
I’m a pediatric hospitalist and have never once asked a parent to prove who they were.
Post # 10
I have never asked for proof from a parent/mate either. You should be fine.