LANSING (WJRT) - (04/20/17) - As part of Child Abuse Prevention Month outreach efforts, Thursday has been proclaimed Safe Delivery of Newborns Day throughout the state.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is urging Michigan residents to learn about the Safe Delivery of Newborns Law, and how they can help keep babies safe by promoting awareness of this very important law.
Under the law, a biological parent may legally surrender an infant no more than 72 hours old to an emergency service provider. An emergency service provider is a uniformed or otherwise identified employee or contractor of a hospital, fire department or police station who is inside the building and on duty, or a paramedic or emergency medical technician who responds to a 911 call.
Since the state law was enacted in 2001, it has helped save 194 infants from being abandoned in unsafe locations.