St. Paul's offers safe option for desperate mothers

Since the spring of 2010, St. Paul’s Hospital in downtown Vancouver has offered mothers in crisis who feel they are unable to care for their babies a safe alternative to abandoning them in the streets.

That option is in the form of the Angel’s Cradle, which operates inside the hospital, near the entrance to the emergency department. There, overwhelmed mothers can give up their baby anonymously and safely without judgment or worry of being arrested by police.

The program, the first of its kind in Canada and still the only such service in B.C., has only received two babies since opening to the public, which is ultimately a good thing, said Lana Needer, a perinatal social worker for the maternity centre at St. Paul’s.

Cassidy Olivier reports

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