Birth Certificates are not considered private documents so the the hospital can release it without violating any privacy laws. However, a hospital can not release information concerning a patient's residency at the hospital if the patient want's to keep that information private. Back in college I did some work at a hospitals information desk and I had a list of patients that I could not give information on. I could not even confirm if the person was a patient. I was told to say that I have no information concerning that person. I wasn't allowed to use the word patient in relation to those people.