So you’re telling me that nine months I’ve been carrying this child, and you couldn’t add them to insurance for me? I mean you could’ve just called them “baby on the way.” UGH!

No need to fear, adding your child to DEERS is a much easier process than you think.

I’ll admit, when I had my son in May 2019 I was absolutely clueless as to how I could go about adding him to our insurance. My poor husband hadn’t the slightest idea either, and he was headed for deployment soon after our little man’s arrival. Yet again I was left on my own to figure things out on the home front!

Adding your new baby to DEERS:

  • Have your baby! (Congratulations!!)
  • Complete the paperwork that the hospital gives you for the birth certificate. You will turn that paperwork back into them before you leave. (This will be while you’re still drugged up, so make sure you spell their name right hehe!)
  • Receive your child’s social security card in the mail. (You filled out your mailing address on the forms you completed at the hospital.)
  • Look up your local department of vital records, so you can pick up your baby’s birth certificate. You will more than likely have to pay for each certified birth certificate that you need, so make sure to check whether they accept cash or card. (Whenever you feel halfway human again.)
  • Make an appointment with the JAG office at your local base. You can make an appointment by calling them or online. Make sure that you either have a Power of Attorney or your service member can attend the appointment. (I’m wishing you all the best of luck with this part, they can be VERY busy.)
  • Take your military/dependent ID, your child’s social security card, your child’s birth certificate & your spouse or the POA. (They take care of the rest–phew!)

Thank goodness thats an easy process because even thinking postpartum can be painful!

Congratulations on your new little bundle of joy.