Baby Boxes on the way back

  interzone55 16:08 PM 26 Jun 12

BBC Link

This is a very distressing topic, but in these straightened times I can only see it getting more prevalent.

The principle is that a person (normally the mother, but not always) leaves their unwanted child in a safe, heated box, where it will be collected and cared for by nurses. Rather than leaving it in a plastic bag on the steps of a police station / park bench / skip.

This way the child gets a chance at a reasonable start in life, as although state care is not great, it's better than what can be expected from a homeless mother or pimp.

One little snippet from the link that I find interesting is that there is one of these baby boxes in the Vatican. Maybe the stories my mum told me about her time as a mid-wife are true.

When she worked in Salford Royal nuns used to come in the back door heavily pregnant. Once they'd had the child they'd leave by the front door and the child was delivered to the Catholic orphanage nearby - you regularly hear of the horrific treatment those children faced at the hands of priests and nuns...

  Aitchbee 18:34 PM 26 Jun 12

This is a very difficult subject to talk last (sensitevly constructed post) was taken 'off-air'.

  Aitchbee 18:54 PM 26 Jun 12

Romulus & Remus, 'n' Moses 'in the bullrushes' all managed to survive a neglective start in life...they didn't have baby-boxes in olden days.

  wee eddie 22:14 PM 26 Jun 12

AitchBEE: - Surely that is exactly what Moses was put into.

  Aitchbee 22:15 PM 26 Jun 12

Possibly, this may be a subject which would impinge more on the respected female members of Speaker's Forum.

  Aitchbee 22:24 PM 26 Jun 12

wee eddie - you may be right. But I think baby Moses was a 'basket-case'...according to testament scripture.

  interzone55 09:42 AM 27 Jun 12

I think this is degenerating down the usual route when our Weegie friend joins in, so I'll mark as resolved, which is a shame as it's a serious topic that could have lead to a good debate on the current times we live in and how the poorest families are forced into desperate measures to keep their heads above water.

But hey ohh...

  Woolwell 10:00 AM 27 Jun 12

alan14 - Concur with all of your last post.

Babies have been abandoned throughout history and are still being abandoned. It used to be the case that there was stigma attached to an unmarried mother and their children went for adoption. Now the stigma has been largely removed and it is not unusual for a mother to have several children with different fathers. The important part is that the child is brought up in a loving and caring home.

  spuds 10:27 AM 27 Jun 12

While this appears to be one solution to a problem, baby boxes have been around for quite a long time, and perhaps especially more so in some countries. With some countries who have an Aids problem, you wonder what the child's future life will be?.

Regarding children and child birth, then perhaps we have no further to look than China, who still have a 'quote' on our many children a couple may have. There have been recent reports of forced abortions, of women in late stages of pregnancy.

Looking at this from another viewpoint, there are still sector's who regard having children 'in volume' is the way forward, so as to keep 'their' population and cultures for future generations. The majority will rule the minority?.

I once queried this fact with some 'elders', and the uniformed response was , " The bible states something on the lines of 'go forth and multiply'"?.


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