Parkview, Lutheran hospitals won’t announce New Year’s babies

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Citing child safety measures some hospitals will no longer announce their first babies born in a new year.

Lutheran Hospital spokesman Geoff Thomas said the Lutheran Health Network will no longer publicize its first baby of the new year.

“Like many hospitals around the country, we’ve based this decision on guidance provided by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which has cautioned against these kinds of announcements because of the potential risk of abduction or identity theft,” Thomas said in an email to NewsChannel 15.

Thomas said the hospital’s first obligation to a newborn is its safety and privacy, which extends to the child’s parents.

The Lutheran Health Network includes several Fort Wayne hospitals and facilities in Bluffton, Warsaw, and Peru.

Various media outlets have reported other U.S. hospitals taking the same approach. Hospitals in Youngstown, Ohio, Richmond, Virginia, parts of Texas and other areas also will not announce their first New Year’s baby.

Parkview Hospital said Wednesday afternoon it also will not announce new babies for the new year. Officials also cited a change in policy for safety and privacy issues. The change applies to all Parkview facilities.

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