Newspaper Stops Birth Announcements Because Crazies Might Kidnap Babies

January 2, 2014  |  
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For as long as anyone can remember, local newspapers have announced the arrival of the newest additions to their communities. But parents will no longer see the names of their little ones in a prominent Madison, Wisconsin newspaper. The Wisconsin State Journal has decided to stop printing birth announcements because it might make babies the target of crimes, says the Huffington Post.

Hospitals made the move to stop the birth announcements. Officials say they wanted to stop giving info to the paper about the births because they were worried about abductions. Besides, the fact that newspapers get the information second-hand over the phone makes the chance for “mischief” too big.

It sounds kinda crazy but babies have been kidnapped so it makes a little sense. It would be nice to believe people aren’t crazy but they really are. And while the hospitals are worried about kidnapping, what about identity theft? Anything can happen.

Still, if you’re making a time baby book for your bundle of joy, having a newspaper birth announcement is a nice touch. Not that people even need the Internet. People use Facebook and Instagram to make birth announcements that reach almost as many people as a newspaper.

Did your baby have a birth announcement in the newspaper?

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