It is an inconspicuous window in the hospital Einsiedeln – since 17 years mothers can place their newborns in the window anonymously. A delay of three minutes triggers an alarm in the hospital. On Sunday at 11.24 am this happened for the 14th time. In the so-called baby window, a healthy girl born on the same day had given birth. He is 44 centimeters long and weighs 2.8 kilos.
As always, a midwife took the child. Then a pediatrician provided medical care. The child stays in the hospital for seven to ten days before finding a temporary foster family.
«Touch each time»
"It's always moving for the staff to accept a baby," says Mirjam Panzer, spokeswoman for the hospital. The baby window was used for the last time in July 2016. Forty-four babies are happily happy to date. " It is always hoped that the parents will come forward. According to Panzer, a provisional name is chosen for the child in the hospital. This usually takes over the authority for protection of children and adults (Kesb).
The Kesb Ausserschwyz was immediately informed of the latest case. A guardian takes over the rights and duties that are usually assigned to the parents of the child.
40 percent of parents report
The biological parents have the right to reclaim the child until the adoption. This can be done at the earliest after a year of care and education by the future parents.
According to Mario Häfliger, head of the KESB Ausserschwyz in Pfäffikon, 40 percent of the people who have brought their child into the baby window have been reported to date. By means of a DNA test it will then have to be clarified whether it really concerns the biological parents: "We will look,
why they have decided to take this step and what is best for the child. "The subsequent procedure is then clarified in cooperation with the parents in the interests of the child.
«Mothers have extreme needs»
The Einsiedler Baby Window is the first to set up and finance Swiss aid for mother and child (SHMK). This was followed by facilities in Bern, Davos GR, Olten SO, Zollikon ZH, Bellinzona, Basel and Sion. Dominik Müggler, Chairman of the Board, says they should help to prevent child murders or exposures: «The mothers are in extreme need. No woman chooses lightly. "Mothers often succeeded in preventing someone from finding out about pregnancy and surreptitiously:" They think that a baby has no place in their lives or is not accepted by their environment. "
Two babies are back with the mothers
So far, 22 newborns have been delivered in baby windows throughout Switzerland. According to Müggler, the age of 14 in Einsiedeln is related to the age of the baby window: "It has proven itself, many mothers think their child is in good hands, but that also applies to all other baby windows." the 40 percent of women who have reacted to date have two brought back their child. "The rest just wanted to leave the child with information about themselves."
It is very concerned that these children come to good adoptive parents. The same applies to the first child who was in the baby room in September 2002 and now celebrates his 16th birthday: "We know he is doing well in the adoptive family." Müggler would be happy if one day baby boy went to report to SHMK.
(Sum / SDA)