6 Tips for Putting a Birth Announcement in the Newspaper

You can mail or e-mail your information to the newspaper(s) of your choice. Often, birth announcements aren’t printed without the signature of each parent listed, so sign what you send.

It is important to provide:

  1. Hospital (include city and state) where baby was born
  2. Parents
    • Mother’s name (Last, First, Middle Initial)
    • Father’s name (Last, First, Middle Initial)
    • Residence(s) (city/state)
  3. Baby’s name (Last, First, Middle Initial)
    • Gender: male or female
    • Date of Birth
    • Time of birth a.m. / p.m. (circle one)
    • Length (inches)
    • Weight (pounds) (ounces)
    • Is this the first child in the family? Yes or No
  4. Family
    • Brothers and sisters (first names and ages)
    • Mother’s parents’ name (include city and state)
    • Father’s parents’ name (include city and state)
    • Great-grandparents name (include city and state)
  5. Signatures
    • Mother’s signature and date
    • Father’s signature and date
  6. Questions to ask the newspaper(s) you’re putting the announcement in:
    • Is it free?
    • Is it charged by the line?
    • How much per line?
    • On average, how many words are there per line?
    • Is there a charge for photos?
    • How is that charged?
    • Are announcements included on the paper’s website? If so, is that free? If not, how much?
    • If there is a fee, will you accept a credit card number over the phone?