New mothers who do not want their babies have more options.
A newly amended law allows mothers, or someone acting their permission, to give newborns to hospitals, an urgent care center or ambulance. The law is in response to several cases where infants were abandoned when their mothers did not want them.
The law applies to infants up to 7 days old.
“This amendment strengthens our law, ensuring children are safe, and giving frightened, sometimes distraught mothers an option if they are unable to care for their newborns,” Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson said.
The law protects the newborn, the parent and the individual leaving the baby. It forbids those who receive the newborns from trying to determine the identities of people involved.