Thursday, November 09, 2006

Hospital plans to set up baby hatch

Hospital plans to set up baby hatch "TOKYO, Nov 9 (Reuters Life!) - A Japanese hospital plans to set up the country's first 'baby hatch' where mothers can drop off unwanted babies, who could then be offered for adoption.

Jikei Hospital in southern Japan said it plans to install what it is calling a 'stork's cradle,' consisting of a flap in an outside wall which opens on to a small incubated bed.

An alarm bell would ring within minutes after a baby was deposited so hospital staff could come and care for the infant.

'By installing the hatch, we want to rescue both parents and babies,' said a hospital official. 'Maybe there are some people who are suspicious about it, but we should not pretend not to see them and let them die. Babies are innocent.'"

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