East Texas hospitals changing New Years birth announcements

East Texas hospitals changing New Years birth announcements

The new year is almost here and the anticipation as to who will have the first baby of the year is building up. However, the first baby born might be a mystery.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, is cautioning hospitals against birth announcement because of the potential risk of abduction or identity theft.

Tiffany Gleis gave birth to a new year's baby six years ago.

"My son Michael was the first boy in our family and I was proud of that,” said Gleis.

Michael Wesley Gleis was born at 3:59 a.m. January 1, 2009 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital.

His early arrival was announced in the news. Michael was the first baby born in Nacogodches County in 2009.

Gleis said she doesn't feel her baby's birth announcement put her or him at risk in anyway.

"I don't see anything wrong with it, Gleis said. Nobody knows where you live they just know the hospital.”

Nacogdoches memorial hospital spokesman Kim Barton said this year they will be doing things differently.

“We will give the family of the first New Year baby the option to publicly announce their arrival,” said Barton.

However, Lufkin Woodland Heights Medical Center said they will not publicize the first baby of the year as a safety measure.

"When the first rolls around people look forward too who has the first baby,” Gleis said.

Gleis said if given the opportunity she would do it again.

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