Posted: Wednesday, January 1, 2014 --- 5:20 p.m.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin State Journal will no longer publish birth announcements because Madison's two birthing hospitals will stop providing the information.
Parents traditionally keep birth announcements as keepsakes. But hospital officials say they're only trying to protect the privacy and safety of patients and their families.
Kathy Kostrivas of Meriter Hospital says birth listings set people up as targets for those who want to steal a baby. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children also cautions new parents about using birth announcements.
But the newspaper (http://bit.ly/1bASC0o ) says it only published announcements from parents who consented to share the news. City editor Phil Brinkman also says the paper could only take information from the hospitals because relying on calls from those claiming to be new parents creates the "potential for mischief."
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