Spread Of 'Baby Boxes' Alarms Europeans

NPR | Feb. 18, 2013 3:03 p.m.

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Philip Reeves

Scores of “baby boxes,” where mothers can anonymously and safely “post” newborns they cannot care for, have appeared in houses and hospitals across Europe in the past decade. The box opens onto the street and contains a bassinette and blankets. When the infant is placed inside and the door is closed, it can’t be opened from the street again. Meanwhile, an alarm goes off inside and a neonatal team rushes to care for the infant. The boxes are extremely controversial. Advocates say they save babies’ lives, while the U.N. is alarmed at their rising numbers.


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