For the first hour after either of our babies were born, the only people that knew they existed (aside from the hospital staff) were me and my husband. It was the best secret ever.
Of course something so exciting would be pretty hard to keep for any longer than that and some kind of communication plan had to kick in with phone calls, text messages, email, Facebook and Twitter (in that order) shortly thereafter.
It’s worthwhile planning who you tell, what you tell, and when, almost as soon as you know you’ve got a bub on the way. This will help ensure you and your partner are on the same page, and minimise the chances of offending anyone.
Imagine if your Auntie found out on Facebook or you completely forgot to tell a segment of people from your work…eek!
There are three periods you might need to plan for and things your might consider.
If you’re finding out the sex of your baby are you telling anyone?
Are names a surprise or are you seeking feedback?
If things are not going smoothly with the pregnancy is it something that you will just discuss with your ‘inner sanctum’ or would it make you feel better being open and direct with everyone?
Have you agreed who will call who first?
Do you have a list of who will receive a phone call, who’s getting a text message and who’s getting an email?
Is your contact list up to date and complete?
If you get a chance to draft a message it might be a good idea to do it beforehand.
If things don’t go to plan or are touch and go for a while is there someone you can nominate to do the talking for you?
If your baby is in NICU or SCN you might want your partner or a close friend or relative to update other family and friends as to how things are going.
Text messages might be easier if you don’t feel up for a chat.
Announcement cards are a lovely memento and there are lots of websites that do them quickly and cost effectively. If you have time before the birth it might be worthwhile choosing a design and collating addresses.
You can send an Earlybirds E-Card to make your special announcement or to send someone a thankyou www.earlybirds.com.au/club
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