Today our extended family celebrated the birth of a new baby! We anxiously awaited her birth, and welcomed her into our lives. At the same time, I await the arrival of my third grandchild and first granddaughter! I can hardly believe it’s true. So many years ago the thought of being a grandmother seemed like an impossible dream due to my infertility issues and miscarriages. I wanted desperately to become a mother, and because two women gave life to their children and the gift of adoption, I have a daughter and a son and three grandkids. I’m so blessed, but many mothers face insurmountable choices and often the consequences to the newborns are devastating.
I’ve been aware of different forms of “baby boxes, or hatches” for a long time, but today, I read an article about the resurgence of these boxes in numerous countries around the world. The use of baby boxes are being implemented in European and Asian countries in an effort to save the lives of children from infanticide or abandonment and subsequent death. When an unwanted child is born and the mother is unable for cultural, religious, or emotional reasons to care for the child, and the babies birth would be a stigma placed on the woman for the remainder of her life, this safe form of anonymous abandonment is one way to save the child’s life who is then placed with an adoptive family.
Typically the boxes are at hospitals, and are an incubator with an outside door for the mother to place the baby inside, shut the door, which then signals the medical staff that a baby is inside and in need of attention. The baby’s life is saved and protected.
The United Nations is promoting a ban on these boxes and wants the use of them stopped, stating they “violate the rights of the child”.
Infanticide is on the rise around the world. Where are the rights of the child in that situation? Any idea that saves the lives of children is a good idea. Yes there are social, poverty and educational issues to be addressed, and countries need to do this, but while waiting for these answers which will only be a small percentage of the problem solving, children are being abandoned and murdered. These boxes are one way to encourage adoption and life for the children.
Adoption gives life and creates new families. Adoption gives hope for the future to desperate people waiting for a child to love and raise as their own. Adoption is one way God answers these prayers for the birth mother, the baby and the adoptive family.
I know. My children are adopted, and now our family is completing the circle with grandchildren.
God is so good. Prayerfully consider adoption, or support people who are trying to save the lives of babies through pregnancy homes for mothers, or communities sponsoring baby boxes, and orphan care homes. Save lives. Love a child!
Here is a link to the article I read. http://news.yahoo.com/europe-mulls-banning-boxes-abandoned-babies-075454911.html