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Some questions about the annoucements

Postby saturne » Sun Apr 18, 2004 08:03 am

by saturne (2 Posts), Sun Apr 18, 2004 08:03 am

Hi!

I'm french and I'm a student. I'm not really sure to be on the good forum, sorry if i'm not.
I've an ethnology talk to do and I'm working on the different ways to announce a birth in different countries. I'd like to know what the ways to announce a birth are used the most ( phone, letters, birth announcements, internet...), you can tell me if you use 2 of these ways for some people.
Which ways of announcements are used for the closest people and for the people who are not very close.
I hope i didn't do too much mistakes...

Thank you in advance for your answers.
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Re : Some questions about the annoucements

Postby deerhart » Sun Apr 18, 2004 09:21 pm

by deerhart (3282 Posts), Sun Apr 18, 2004 09:21 pm

Here in America, births are usually announced to close friends and family through mailed birth announcements sent out a few weeks after the birth.

Of course the most immediate family are typically either present or told by phone right after the happy event, and then they spread the news to every person they can get to stop and listen [:D]

The birth is then typically announced publically through a published announcement in a newspaper, which may occur in the area the child is born in and the areas each parent is from and the area where each grandparent lives.

Public announcements can also be found in things like church bullatins, alumni newsletters, etc.

The newest trends in announcements here are internet web nursery's, which many times are hosted by the actual hospitals (plus there are other internet sites that host them), which include a picture of the baby and a guestbook for people to leave messages. The parents are given an address which they can give to people they want to see the site. We actually used it so people who lived far away could see a picutre of our son well before we actually got around to getting pics out. In hospitals that don't have this option (or kids that have more computer savy parents) may set up their own internet birth announcement and then email the address out on the happy event, or they will set up a pregnancy site where the post journals/diaries of the pregnancy and then an announcement is placed on it after the birth.

Personally, we contacted people by phone, had an internet page, and placed an announcement in my and my husband's hometown newspapers. We did not place an announcement in the newspaper where we actually live, We did not send out printed announcements and this was our routine for both kids.

HTH
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Re : Some questions about the annoucements

Postby laura » Sun Apr 18, 2004 10:19 pm

by laura (5139 Posts), Sun Apr 18, 2004 10:19 pm

We sent out formal, printed birth announcements to just a few people- close relatives, and friends of our parents, our godparents, mostly older people.

We sent out internet announcements and links to our web nursery site ( http://www.growingfamily.com/webnursery/default.asp ) from the hospital in a mass emailing to our friends and contemporaries. We also set up a web page for the purpose, and to update our families who are geographically far away, that we still use- http://www.babiesonline.com

Good luck with your talk!

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Re : Some questions about the annoucements

Postby saturne » Tue Apr 20, 2004 04:18 am

by saturne (2 Posts), Tue Apr 20, 2004 04:18 am

Thank you for your answers [:)]
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