Wednesday, June 14th, 2006
Telephone Messaging Service for Birth Announcements
BabyBroadcast.com, NotifyQuick.com and StorkCalls.com are messaging services for your birth announcement. In advance, you give such a service dozens of phone numbers of friends and family members. After your baby is born, call a toll-free number from a hospital phone, record a single personal announcement and those people receive your message.
Be sure your friends don’t screen their calls. When I see a call from a toll-free number, I lift and drop the phone receiver to avoid a telemarketer. Of course, one of these messaging services lets you specify the phone number that will appear on a caller ID screen.
Now, how much of a hurry do people need to be in when it comes to birth announcements? We made an elaborate pregnancy announcement postcard, but for the birth I sent an e-mail several hours after the event when I ran home for a few things (just a 10 minute drive). Meanwhile, a friend notified his coworkers of his baby’s gender by deciding to hand out Almond Joy or Mounds candy bars around the office. Almond Joy has nuts, Mounds don’t.