Cruel Way to Give Up Newborn or Chance to Survive? See 4 Countries Brave Enough to Launch ‘Drop-Off Baby Boxes’

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The problem of parents living their babies near people’s doors or even worse, just on the street, has remained a critical issue for a long time. However, some of the countries started to deal with this problem by installing so-called ‘baby boxes’. 

Check out first 4 countries that have done it on Nexter.org.

Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, US

Source: BBC

The baby box near the Indiana fire station encourages people to leave newborn babies and decrease the number of deaths.

“Abandonment is a problem,” says  Priscilla Pruitt, who works for Safe Haven Baby Boxes. “These young women don’t want to be known or seen. Especially in small towns where everyone knows everyone.”

However, many experts think that these baby boxes are quite controversial and its installing hasn’t changed much in such countries like Germany.

“It is hard to say this [baby boxes] is a bad idea, but it seems slightly misguided,” says Michelle Oberman, a law professor.

“The safe haven law is the least worst option when the alternative is a baby in a dumpster, but there are reasons why we have set up adoption programmes so we have as much information as possible.”

China 

Source: CNN

Chinese Jinan orphanage opened the first baby hatch box on June 1, 2014, International Children’s Day.

In 11 days, people left 106 babies because they didn’t have enough money to raise them or the babies had disabilities or medical conditions.

“If you don’t give up your child, then nobody will help you,” Dr. Wang Zhenyao told CNN. “But once you abandon your child, the government must take over.”

“This is not a good solution. Instead, the government should step forward to subsidize parents and enable them to take care of their children. This is a simple truth that is hard to explain to society.”

Switzerland 

Source: Rex Features

Switzerland got a lot of ‘baby hatches’ around the country Sion, joins others in Bern, Davos, Olten, Basel, Einsiedeln and Bellinzona.

In most of the times, it’s just a hole in the wall where the parents can leave newborn babies they don’t want/aren’t able to raise.

“There is growing evidence that it is frequently men or relatives abandoning the child, raising questions about the mother’s whereabouts and whether she has consented to giving up her baby,” added Kevin Browne of the Centre for Forensic and Family Psychology at The University of Nottingham.

“You also have to ask whether an anonymous drop allows the authorities to check whether there’s a chance for the baby to remain with its family in the care of other relatives.”

Japan

Source: AP

 “Konotori no yurikago” is known as  “baby hatch” were installed in Kumamoto hospital back in 2007. They were able to accept more than 125 babies since it’s launch.

“We began this program to allow people who do not want their ( and delivery) to be known to feel safe in entrusting their babies,” Taiji Hasuda, president of Jikei Hospital in the city of Kumamoto said.


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Give Up Newborn or Chance to Survive? See 4 Countries Brave Enough to Launch 'Drop-Off Baby Boxes'
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Give Up Newborn or Chance to Survive? See 4 Countries Brave Enough to Launch 'Drop-Off Baby Boxes'
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