When friends announce the arrival of someone else's baby on Facebook
A Baby AnnouncementOne of my closest friends gave birth to her second child yesterday. I knew it was imminent as we'd spoken a few days ago and she told me she was in early labour so I was very little excited for her. Fast-forward to yesterday and I received a text message from her confirming the little boy had been born, along with his name and weight. I sent my good wishes back via text and since then have been awaiting sight of some photo's once she was ready to share.
My friend can be quite a visible presence on Facebook so I've been regularly checking her account for an announcement and/or photographs, so I was shocked to see another of her Facebook friends had announced the news on her page including the weight of the baby (although at this time the name is not yet on there).
My opinion is that it's wrong and that the only people who should be announcing the news should be the parents themselves. After all they've waited 9 months for this moment and it is for them to share when they are ready - it is a special moment and should not be taken away from them and it is their news to share too
It's not just that either - when you've had a baby you normally want your closest family and friends to know first - so if one of your friends puts it on Facebook before you've had a chance to tell all your family it is likely that someone will get upset hearing it third hand rather than from you.
I also think that you have to be very careful about posting things on Facebook too early, in my friends case her first child was born very early (2 months premature) and was in the NICU so I can understand why she may not want to share on Facebook after the problems she had with the first birth.
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What are your thoughts on this? Has anyone ever made the announcement for you and how did you feel? Let me know in the comments below.