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Baby Your Baby: Utah Newborn Safe Haven Law

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Baby Your Baby - Utah Newborn Safe Haven Law

(KUTV) If women are unable to care for their newborn, there are others options such as adoption and the Utah Newborn Safe Haven Law. Registered Nurse Al Romeo with the Utah Department of Health and MotherToBaby, stopped by KUTV to introduce Luisa Hansen as the new staff member with the Utah Newborn Safe Haven Law.

The Utah Newborn Safe Haven Law allows mom to drop off her newborn at any 24/7 hospital - no questions asked, no police. In Utah, hospitals are the only place newborns can be dropped off because there are trained staff available to care for the baby. With mom’s permission, someone else can also drop off the newborn. Mom can also deliver, safely, in the hospital and then relinquish the newborn. The hospital staff have been trained in what to do and they will accept and care for the newborn baby. The baby will be adopted, through the foster care system, by a loving family.

We will never know how many babies are saved because mom talked to someone and found other options such as adoption. If parents have older children and need a short break, there are crisis and respite nurseries that can help. The Utah Department of Health hopes people will help spread the word so babies can stay safe and avoid being left in unsafe locations.

For more information, visit www.utahsafehaven.org.


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