How To Share The New Baby Excitement With Loved Ones
Despite Lockdown Tiers
Advice by Mr Keith Duncan - Consultant Obstetrician
Having a baby is a wonderful event and most parents naturally want to share the news. After all, you have prepared the baby’s room and are ready to give your baby all he/she needs.
Now, it’s time to announce to the world about the arrival of your baby. A bit like advent!! This can be represented as something sentimental, funny or witty, depending on your preferences. Although the lockdown measures make it more difficult to share this wonderful news face to face , there are still many ways that you can spread the excitement to close friends, family, and relatives
With that being said, we are going to take a look at ways that you can share your new baby excitement with loved ones despite being in lockdown. Let’s get started!
Despite the lack of direct interaction, video calls are a multi-sensory experience. People can see and hear one another.
You can easily bridge the distance and communicate more interactively with just about anyone. When sharing the news to loved ones, you can have a full conversation and involve the new-born in the video call session. For elderly people with hearing or eyesight problems, video calls can make communication easier.
If people have hearing problems, they can still see visual cues like facial expressions, body language and hand gestures. Why not link your phone to you ipad, laptop or tv screen for even better effect!
Sending gifts can be an expression of gratitude. Instead of expecting people to send you gifts, why not be generous with your news and give them first. You may wish to personalise gifts depending on the recipients. Some friends or relatives who might have provided extra help during the pregnancy, would love to receive photos of the new baby, a premium coffee blend, or aromatherapy products. The gift doesn’t have to be expensive, but it could be meaningful to others.
Announcements And Updates On Social Media
Nothing beats social media when it comes to the rapid spread of information among your friends and family. Twitter is perfect for delivering real-time updates. Facebook and Instagram are great social media platforms for providing details. Social media is also great for keeping in touch with loved ones and close friends during labour and in those exciting first hours and days after birth.
YouTube is a major online platform where people can freely post and watch videos. Friends and family will gladly follow your vlog and you should start it as early as announcing your pregnancy. A non-scripted video is best because people could see your sincerity. But, if you want to make some scenes more controlled, it’s a good idea to make a short script. It’s entirely up to you whether you want to post raw footages or upload an edited video. Your goal is to capture the joy and excitement of key milestones in pregnancy eg scans right through to the arrival of your baby. It doesn’t have to be public to the world – in fact, you can make it private only for those who you choose to share the link with It’s a great way to feel closer to loved ones when introducing the new member of the family!
This article has been written by Mr Keith Duncan Consultant Obstetrician at The Women’s Wellness Centre.
Our Consultant Obstetricians at The Women’s Wellness Centre offer care and reassurance from conception to birth, providing everything you need to have a healthy and happy pregnancy. If you wish to know more about our Private Pregnancy Care please contact us on 020 7751 4488 or book an appointment online here.
Dr Keith Duncan
Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist MBChB, DM, FRCOG
Mr Keith Duncan graduated from Leeds University in 1989, is a renowned obstetrician and an accredited sub-specialist in maternal and fetal medicine. He has extensive experience in every kind of delivery and firmly believes in a positive birth philosophy. He also has extensive experience in normal, assisted and caesarean delivery. In addition to his work with The Women’s Wellness Centre, Mr Duncan is a Consultant Obstetrician and Service Director for Obstetrics at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. He specialises in high-risk obstetrics, ultrasound and multiple pregnancies. He has published many research papers, and an MD thesis relating to development in utero.