Woman drops off newborn at hospital

  1. She waited near the ambulance bay of JFK Medical Center Friday morning, her newborn boy in her arms.

    About 6:45 a.m., two emergency room nurses arriving for work asked if she needed help. The young woman's response: "Is this a safe haven hospital?"

    It was.

    She handed over the boy, his umbilical cord still attached, and walked away.

    This is the first time that a woman in Palm Beach County has taken advantage of Florida's 4-year-old Safe Haven law, which allows parents to leave newborns with hospitals or fire stations with anonymity and without the risk of prosecution.

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  2. 36 Comments

  3. by   Tweety
    To me this is better than an abortion. But what an odd way to put a baby up for adoption. The woman must have been desparate.
  4. by   goodknight
    I think the safe-haven law is great. Its a wonderful options for mothers who are scared to death, don't know what to do, and can't keep their kid.

    Much better than what happend around here last week. A woman threw her newborn out the car window while traveling on the interstate.
  5. by   z's playa
    Thank god this program is in place.
  6. by   fergus51
    It's happened at our hospital before. I'm glad for it.
  7. by   webblarsk
    Thank goodness she used it (the hospital) instead of dumping that poor baby somewhere. So many still dump their babies.
  8. by   jnette
    I agree.. far better that than other measures too horrible to name.

    At least this mother had a heart.
  9. by   lisamc1RN
    I am very glad she chose this option rather than something that might harm her baby.
  10. by   bluesky
    Quote from goodknight
    Much better than what happend around here last week. A woman threw her newborn out the car window while traveling on the interstate.
  11. by   happthearts
    That was found to be a fake story about the women and the car It was the one who turned it in baby .

    I am just thankful that this women didn't have a Teddy bear complex ,where because its mine .I will keep it and then. Not be able to take care of her self and the baby .It took alot of smarts and love to do the right thing. Not dumping it Or trying to care for some child your unable to care for .I wish we had that law here in Utah .It still will not stop that women from feeling for that child the rest of her life .She will wonder all her life.
  12. by   DutchgirlRN
    Quote from z's playa
    Thank god this program is in place.
    We have the safe haven law in Tennessee also. I've not heard of it having been used or not. There have been several babies abandoned over the last several years in high school bathrooms, dumpsters, etc.....all have survived thank God.
    If this baby is not considered abandonded (which it wasn't) and it doesn't go into foster care does that mean it will be up for adoption? I wonder how long abandoned babies stay in foster care before being put up for adoption? I'm glad this mother was brave enough to do the right thing.
  13. by   sunnyjohn
    I am glad she did take the baby to a safe place rather than something much worse.
  14. by   Monica RN,BSN
    Ever wonder if these mom's will try to get custody of their baby left in a safe haven later on in life? There was a broadcast about safe havens on court TV not long ago.

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