What Is the Purpose of Birth Announcements?


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The purpose of a birth announcement is to share the good news that a baby has been born. New parents send a card with details about the new family addition to anyone they feel would be interested in receiving the information.

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What Is the Purpose of Birth Announcements?
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Many birth announcements include the names of the baby, parents, siblings and grandparents. Other common details provided are the baby's birth date and time, weight, length and place of birth. Some parents add a poem or other meaning phrase to personalize their message.

Most parents send the birth announcement shortly after the baby is born. It is not common to send an announcement more than six months after the birth.

Some announcements include photos of the baby, but it is not necessary. Some parents choose to send photos to relatives and friends after the baby is a little older.

Some special situations arise that prompt parents to change the information on a birth announcement. If a baby is born premature they may choose to omit the birth length and weight. Parents who adopt a child can also send out announcements stating that a new member has joined the family. The child's birth date can be included, even if the child is several years old.

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