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What Bracha do you make on the birth of a child? What Bracha is made on a Boy? What Bracha on a Girl? When is this Bracha Made?

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It appears that HaTov vehameitiv is said upon hearing "you have a new son!"

And shehechiyanu is made upon seeing your new baby daughter. Rav Moshe Feinstein says your new daughter is certainly no worse than a good friend you haven't seen in a while, which also warrants a shehechiyanu.

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any exact sources does everyone agree –  SimchasTorah Apr 1 '11 at 4:27
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Hatov vehameitiv for a boy: Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 223:1. Shehecheyanu for a girl: Mishnah Berurah ibid. :2. –  Alex Apr 1 '11 at 22:59
    
You can only say Shehechiyanu on a friend if you have seen them once before and then there was a gap. Meeting a "pen pal" doesn't count. Shulchan Arukh 225:2 –  Double AA Sep 7 at 19:22

The gemara says that you can say Hatov vehameitiv when you have a son. It also says you can say that same bracha on any 'besorot tovot' (good tidings). Both of these rulings are quoted in the Shulchan Aruch (OC 222:1 and 223:1). Personally, I have yet to have any children, but it seems to me that when I do have a daughter, hearing about her birth will qualify as good tidings.

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