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Thursday, March 6, 2008

Storks and Other Baby Announcement Signs

It seems that hospitals and OB/GYN offices are discouraging the use of signs to announce your little "bundle of joy"...

Something they don't tell you is that according to The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) there have been 250 reported cases of non-family infant abductions between the years 1983 to 2007.

These figures from the NCMEC are based on a 24 year period, with over 100 million births! After extensive research, our association (LGA - Lawn Greetings Association) has yet to find any factual statistics which proves that an infant abduction was the direct result of having a lawn sign, stork announcement, or other birth announcement in the yard.

In fact, the NCMEC statistics show that health care facilites are the number one target of infant abductions with 49% of those 250 infant abductions having taken place within these institutions.

Of that 49%, 56% of those abductions were actually from the mother's own hospital room, 14% from the hospital nursery, 14% from pediatrics, and 16% from other locations within the health care facility.

These statistics may be verified with the NCMEC at http://www.ncmec.org/en_US/documents/InfantAbductionStats.pdf.

It seems that the health care facilities are the ones that publish this information to parents, attempting to get the monkey off their backs...

The above are actual statistics from The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)...

Most people have a false sense of security about institutions, such as the health care facilties, but they are the number one targets for infant abductions...

We need to heighten this awareness among parents, especially birth mothers...When selecting a facility to give birth in, please ask them and have them provide details about their security measures.

Birth Announcement signs can be used to alert neighbors that there is a new baby in the neighborhood and the neighbors can then keep a closer watch out for strange individuals in the neighborhood.

What are your comments on this topic?

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