Choices contributes to the rescue of a baby

By Nicky Welsh, Somerset West, South Africa.

Choices Crisis Pregnancy Centre is part of Urban Voice, Somerset West, South Africa.  We offer free counseling and support to women in crisis as well as running skills & life skills training programmes and a residential unit.

During the 2014 Regions Beyond conference hosted by Urban Voice, our Baby Saver was launched in response to increasing numbers of newborn babies being abandoned and usually dying as a result.  A newborn baby left exposed to the elements will die from hyperthermia very quickly.

o.babysaverThe Saver is a secure box built into one of the external walls of the Choices building.  The mother can open the box and place the baby inside.  When she closes the door, it locks.  The weight of the baby triggers a silent alarm, which sends out messages to nominated cell phones.  Within minutes support arrives and the baby is checked by paramedics, wrapped in an insulation blanket and taken to hospital from where it is put into the care of Social Services and nominated for fostering and adoption.

This project was the result of a number of charitable organisations in the Helderberg Basin coming together to raise funds to provide a Baby Saver to local communities.

A couple of weeks ago the Saver was activated for the first time and as a result, a four-week old baby boy’s life was saved. He was clearly well cared for, wearing clean clothes, wrapped in a blanket and with a comforter in his mouth.  The resulting publicity has been amazing and we are praying that more at risk babies will follow.  In the last six weeks alone, two newborn babies have been found dead in our area and the Police are sure that there are many who are never found.

A couple of weeks ago the Saver was activated for the first time and as a result, a four-week old baby boy’s life was saved.

Please pray that news will spread so that desperate women will feel able to make use of this wonderful device, and be brave enough to leave their babies (unseen) so that care and adoption can be arranged.