Granted we are military, but all our kids were born in off-post hospitals. Two in Italy. There are consulates in Milan and Rome so that shouldn’t be a problem.
You will have to get a birth certificate from the Italians (which is an ordeal in itself, let me tell you!..and you only have around 10 days from the childs birth do get one)
Then you will take that and both you and your wife’s birth certificates and marriage certificate(only certified copies!!) to the consulate. They will give you a Certificate of Birth Abroad, which will be your childs birth certificate. We have only been given one and no option for copies. It is quite a pain to get another if lost.
Don’t forget your Visa’s before you go. And your wife will have to get a Sigorno after you get there. I don’t think it’s a military thing. The civillian friends we had had to have them too. It’s basically a document she’ll carry with her at all times, with her picture and local address and why she’s living in the country. And if you do have a child there, she’ll have to get a new one with the child on it. It is SUCH a pain!!! They will give you a temporary one and the actual one takes a year to get! I never kept mine up and was fine, but I had a friend who went back to the states with her kids for a visit, and the Italians weren’t going to let her back in because she didn’t have it on her.
Italy’s GREAT! Have fun, if you go and feel free to PM me with any questions.