All family members and close friends should be phoned as soon as possible after the birth and told the good news. This is traditionally the responsibility of the father.

Birth announcement cards, if used, should be printed in a simple, elegant style and read:

James and Mary Robinson are happy to announce the birth of their son Thomas Charles

The baby’s date of birth and weight are included and a pink or blue ribbon may be attached.

A short birth announcement can also be placed in a local or national newspaper if desired, for example:

Robinson –

On 20th February to James and Mary a son, Thomas Charles

If the parents are not married, their surnames should be included:

Robinson – On 20th February to James Robinson and Mary Jones a son, Thomas Charles

In the case of single parents:

Jones – On 20th February to Mary a son, Thomas Charles

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