Safe Place for Newborns

January 20, 2005 | Healthcare Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance

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​Infant abandonment is discarding or leaving alone a child less than 12 months of age in a public or private setting, with the intent of absolving oneself of parental duties. Hospitals are typically designated as safe havens where women can be leave their infants without fear of liability, but because infant abandonment is relatively rare, staff may be uncertain what to do when presented with an infant.

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