Area hospitals stop offering parents birth announcements form, changing how Forum publishes those notices

The Forum has a paid option to announce new arrivals through

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FARGO — The Forum will no longer publish hospital-provided birth announcements after local hospitals stopped offering the option to parents, but new parents still have an option to get the news of their new arrivals out to the public.

In late February, a Sanford Health spokesperson said the hospital was no longer submitting birth announcements based on guidance from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, an organization that works to help find missing children, reduce child sexual exploitation and prevent child victimization.

A spokesperson for Essentia Health also said the form was no longer being offered to parents for "infant security/privacy reasons."

Previously, both hospital systems would offer parents a form that would let them choose to share news of their baby's birth with The Forum and other publications.

Parents can purchase "new arrivals" announcements from The Forum through The milestone listings run on Saturdays, and they open up the option to include a favorite baby photo and details about grandparents, siblings and more.

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