On July 31, 2019, an abandoned infant left in Pennsylvania highlighted the need to remind patients and staff of the Safe Haven Law. Under this law, a parent can bring an infant to the nursing staff at any emergency room. Nurses may ask for the child’s medical history and personal information, but the parent is not required to provide any information.
Every state has safe haven laws that allow newborns to be dropped off at a hospital without fear of criminal charges. This case offered a reminder that providers who care for pregnant women need to publicize the law so that parents do not risk the health and safety of their newborns out of fear they are committing a crime by dropping off their infant.