First baby of 2015? Hospitals, citing threat of abduction, make 'Baby New Year' top secret

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Bye, bye Baby New Year.

The crowning of the year's first baby is going top secret as hospitals trump tradition with safety concerns.

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Community Health Systems — one of the country's largest health care operators — recently ordered its 207 facilities to stop publicizing the first baby of the year, citing the potential for abductions and identity theft.

Other hospitals have either removed themselves from the new year's tradition altogether or limited the amount of information they provide to the media.

They're pointing to guidance from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

The center suggests hospitals obtain parental consent and eliminate home addresses and other identifying information from birth announcements or stop providing them to media. But a center official says Baby New Year is tradition and relatively low-risk.