MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin birth forms should include gender-neutral options for identifying the parents of a child, Gov. Tony Evers said Monday.
Evers and the state Department of Health Services announced that starting July 1, forms that are used to generate birth certificates will include “parent-parent” and “parent giving birth” options in addition to the current “mother-father” option for identifying parents.
“This change reflects my and my administration’s commitment to gender-neutral terminology and to recognizing that Wisconsin families are diverse and should be valued and respected,” Evers said.
New forms will also be made available in English, Spanish and Hmong.
“Families have told us that a birth certificate that doesn’t accurately reflect their growing family can take away a piece of the joy when welcoming a new baby,” UnityPoint Health-Meriter President and CEO Sue Erickson said.. “We are so pleased that Wisconsin created a more inclusive birth certificate form to reflect the families of our state and community.”