Abandoning a baby in the safest way
A snippet from New York Times:
In the Middle Ages, new mothers in Rome could abandon their unwanted babies in a “foundling wheel” (left image) — a revolving wooden barrel lodged in a wall, often in a convent, that allowed women to deposit their offspring without being seen.
Now a Rome hospital, the Casilino Polyclinic, has introduced a technologically advanced version of the foundling wheel — not at all a wheel but very much like an A.T.M. booth. For the first time a new mother left her baby there on Saturday night, and on Monday the child, a boy about 3 months old, was doing well, said Dr. Piermichele Paolillo, who directs the neonatal unit at the hospital.
The baby was deposited in a small structure (top image) equipped with a heated cradle and lifesaving instruments, including a respirator. The moment the child is abandoned an alarm goes off in the hospital’s emergency room, ensuring that the baby receives immediate first aid from a team of specialists.
I am not sure if this is a good idea. On one hand, this will allow abandoned babies to get immediate medical care but on the other hand, this will encourage more women to abandon babies.
Link & Image: New York Times
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