Telephone Messaging Service for Birth Announcements, and 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.

Related: Lawn-based Stork-enabled Baby Announcement Roundup


4 Responses to “Telephone Messaging Service for Birth Announcements”

  1. Amy Frazier says:

    We blogged through my labor to let everyone know! Check out for the first post during my labor. :)

    June 14th, 2006 at 1:58 pm

  2. Francesca says:

    That’s a really cool idea!
    People seem to come from either extremes when it comes to birth announcements. FOr both of our boys we made calls immidiatly after to family and close friends. We let the word spread from there. A week or so later we got out our announcements with pictures and all the stats. They were a hit, but most people already knew anyway.

    Cool site. Thanks!

    June 20th, 2006 at 1:09 pm

  3. KD says:

    A couple months ago, when planning for my baby’s birth, I looked at these
    automated announcement sites. There were several others I found -
    SnappyBaby, StorkCalls & NotifyQuick. I ended up using
    because I could send so many more announcements for the money. It also
    seemed a lot easier to set up than the others. I also got my announcement
    on CD as a keepsake. Just thought I’d pass this along.

    June 19th, 2007 at 9:04 am

  4. Kimberly says:

    I checked out all these and seems to give you the most bang for the buck. Plus, your phone number shows up on caller ID, so your friends might actually pick up. BTW – is a dead link

    June 26th, 2007 at 11:11 am

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