Quote from midwifemamma
was curious about what different hospitals do in regards to preventing abduction (this stemmed from another thread where abduction was mentioned).
for us, we have a security system. the baby has a security tag on, and if it gets cut or taken off, the alarms will go off. or if the baby even gets to close to the door of the unit, the alarms go off.
i guess i assumed that most hospitals did this type of thing, but i'm finding maybe not.
what is done at your hospital?
For babies who are in post-partum or newborn nursery, they have an ankle tag on that will alarm if they leave the unit. We cannot use these in the NICU because most of the babies are either too small or sick to have one more thing attached to them. Any unit where children are present - OB, nursery, peds, PICU, and NICU - has locked doors with security alarms on them - if you don't get buzzed in or out, the alarms go off and security is on their way plus we do a patient head-count to make sure everyone is accounted for.
However, there have been abduction cases in the past across the country where even with security anklets and locked units, babies get taken. That's why we can never be too careful and why many hospitals do not allow babies to be in the mother's room when she is alone and sleeping or in the shower, etc. I even feel uncomfortable with the baby in the room as both parents are sleeping since, even with two people there, they aren't conscious and are probably so exhausted they could sleep through someone entering their room and walking off with their baby.
When I have my baby, I plan to have it taken to the nursery when I want to sleep and brought to me when it's time for a feeding. I would never be able to fall asleep otherwise...
One thing I think would be a spectacular idea: putting locks on the post-partum room doors. Just like the locked doors leading to the nursery or NICU - where staff members swipe their ID badges to get into the door. So if the door to mom's room is closed, the only way to get in is for her to get up and open the door or to have a nurse swipe to unlock if from the outside. I know it'd be a hassle to have to let in visitors and such, but it would help security-wise in hospitals where there is no longer a well-baby nursery for babies to hang out while their moms aren't able to watch them.