Congratulations! It’s a bouncing bundle of paranoid fantasy! The first crazy fear of 2015 goes to three Virginia hospitals. According to the Richmond Times Dispatch:
In a joint statement released Tuesday, Bon Secours Richmond Health System, HCA Virginia and VCU Medical Center have said they will not announce the first birth of 2015 as a safety precaution and to protect families’ privacy.
It’s a trend, with more hospitals around the country declining to announce the first baby of the year for similar reasons.
“The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has cautioned against these announcements due to potential risk of abduction or identify theft. While the first birth of the New Year is a celebrated event, we jointly feel we must protect our patients and their children from unnecessary exposure,” the joint statement from the local hospitals said.
Has this EVER happened: A baby stolen from a hospital because someone read the name of a child born there in a “First Baby of (fill in the year)!” announcement?
I can, of course, find zero cases of this.
This is scraping the bottom of the boogeyman barrel even while posturing as compassionate and wise. And so we welcome 2015, knowing there is Free-Range work to be done.
Happy New Year’s! – L