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Safe Place for Newborns

Published on January 10, 2017

Safe Place for Newborns

Melissa Lahn, MSN, RN, C-OB
Director, St. Cloud Hospital Family Birthing Center

Keep babies safeOn Wednesday, a newborn baby boy was left at the Cathedral of St. Paul. Thankfully, he was found quickly and was unharmed. At CentraCare Health, we urge women who have had a baby, are scared and don’t know what to do, to bring them to one of our hospitals or any Safe Place for Newborns.

According to Minnesota law, an unharmed newborn — up to 7 days old — can be brought to any hospital or urgent care facility. A mother also can call 911 and give the baby to the ambulance staff. It is completely confidential and the police will not be notified. The hospital will give protective shelter, health care and aid to newborns. The health care providers will work with county social services to find a home for the baby.

Minnesota’s Safe Place for Newborns law was first enacted in 2000. According to the Minnesota Department of Human Services, three infants were given up in 2016 as part of Minnesota’s Safe Place for Newborns law, 10 infants in 2015 and six in 2014.

To learn more, visit National Safe Haven Alliance or call the crisis line 888-510-2229.

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    Melissa Lahn, MSN, RN, C-OB

    Melissa Lahn, MSN, RN, C-OB
    Director, St. Cloud Hospital Family Birthing Center

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