Tips on writing or designing birth announcements for online posting, submission to a newspaper, or for your announcement cards.
- Hospital (include city and state) where baby was born.
- Mother’s name (Last, First, Middle Initial)
- Father’s name (Last, First, Middle Initial)
- Residence(s) (city/state)
- 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?
- 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)
For traditional newspapers, you may be asked to provide:
- A parent or legal guardian signature and date
- 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?
- Will this be posted online? Will that cost anything extra?
- If there is a fee, will you accept a credit card number over the phone?
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