Yes, it is legal to delivery your baby in the USA as long as you have been honest on your visa application.
“All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.” (Citizenship Clause of the USA Constitution 1868 Fourteenth Amendment)
All babies born in the USA, regardless of the legal status or nationality of their parents, are automatically granted USA BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP, with all rights and privileges of citizenship including a USA passport which allows the child to travel to the USA without the need for a visa like their parents.
Generally, traveling to the USA is considered to be medically safe even during the last trimester of pregnancy. If traveling by air, there may be specific restrictions from the airline that you are using to travel to the USA. Please refer specifically to your airline carrier for more information about medical restrictions for travel related to pregnancy.
Generally, if you want to visit, but not permanently stay, in the United States you must present all required documents including a passport and may be required to first obtain a VISITOR VISA. Travelers from certain countries may be exempt from this requirement. For more information, please see the U.S. Department of State website.
If you want to travel to the United States for reasons other than business or pleasure, you must apply for a visa in the appropriate category. You can get help determining which visa you need by selecting the appropriate categories on the home page for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (UCIS). You may also contact your local USA embassy in your home country for assistance.
Patients requesting our assistance with obtaining a visa must provide all medical records for review and a letter of SAFE TRAVEL from their obstetrician. Upon review, if the patient is deemed to be a good candidate for travel and the services provided by IMS and our local hospitals, a LETTER OF INTENT can be provided to assist in obtaining a visa.
When traveling through USA ports of entry, it is important to be honest and upfront about your travel plans with the USA Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officers.
Traveling to the USA while pregnant is not illegal nor is wanting to deliver your baby for the benefit of USA citizenship. However, it is very important to be truthful at all times with CBP officers.
Although you may have all the required documents, including your passport and visa, you may be asked by CBP officers if you are financial prepared to pay for medical services related to your pregnancy. If requested, please present your LETTER OF INTENT from our office and/or documents confirming your financial solvency to pay for all expected costs related to your pregnancy and delivery and confirm that you will not be requesting any financial assistance from the State of Texas or the USA government.
If intending to deliver your baby in the USA, it is strongly recommended that you travel as early in your pregnancy as possible. However, regardless of your plans, be prepared to be granted only a 6 month visa. Therefore, it is very important to plan for at least a 2-4 week stay FOLLOWING your delivery in order to receive all of the necessary paperwork for USA citizenship for your newborn. DO NOT EXCEED YOUR VISA DURATION. DOING SO IS CONSIDERED ILLEGAL AND YOU COULD BE PERMANENTLY DENIED READMISSION TO THE UNITED STATES.
It is also important to make sure that you do not accept any social services or have an unpaid debt for your medical services, which could be a violation of your visa.
It takes approximately 2 weeks to receive the legal documents to confirm citizenship and receive a passport for your child.
You will receive paperwork including a legal birth certificate from the hospital. The hospital can help you file or obtain a birth certificate from the El Paso County Vital Records.
Once you receive a certified copy of your baby’s birth certificate, you can go to the USA Passport Agency and apply for an expedited password for your baby.
El Paso Passport Agency
303 N Oregon St
El Paso, TX 79901
There are a number of reasons why you should choose the services of IMS for your prenatal care.
IMPORTANT CONSIDERATION: MOST PATIENTS CONSIDERING A VAGINAL DELIVERY BUDGET THEIR EXPENSES BASED ON THE REASONABLE BELIEF THAT THEY WILL DELIVER VAGINALLY. HOWEVER, IN THE UNITED STATES, THE PROBABILITY OF A PATIENT HAVING A CESAREAN SECTION IS 32%.
THIS MEANS THAT 1 OUT OF 3 PATIENTS CONSIDERING A VAGINAL DELIVERY WILL UNFORTUNATELY END UP HAVING A CESAREAN SECTION, WHICH COULD INCREASE THEIR COSTS FROM $10,000 TO $25,000.
ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT REASONS TO CONSIDER DR. NOVOA IS THE FACT THAT HIS PRIMARY CESAREAN RATE IS 7% WHICH IS 4-5X LOWER THAN THE USA NATIONAL AVERAGE.
THIS STATISTIC IS FAR BELOW THE RECOMMENDATIONS BY THE USA DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES, HEALTHY PEOPLE 2000, 2010 AND 2020 RECOMMENDATIONS AND THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO). https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/healthy_people/hp2010.htm
THIS MEANS THAT APPROXIMATELY 93 OUT OF EVERY 100 OF DR. NOVOA’S PATIENTS ATTEMPTING A VAGINAL DELIVERY WILL BE ABLE TO DELIVER THEIR BABY VAGINALLY, THUS KEEPING THE PATIENT’S COSTS WITHIN HER ORIGINAL BUDGET AND AVOIDING UNNECESSARY EXPENSES.
Dr. Novoa has privileges at a number of private hospitals in the El Paso, Texas area. However, due to the complexity and high-risk nature of many of his pregnant patients, Dr. Novoa chooses to deliver at only one hospital, which is THE HOSPITALS OF PROVIDENCE, SIERRA CAMPUS (THOP). Although Dr. Novoa has privileges at THOP, it has no contract agreements with the hospital to refer patients and has no financial conflicts of interest to disclose regarding the hospital.