- Hans Weber
- December 1, 2023
Baby Girl Safely Left in Prague Baby Box, Emphasizing Importance of Support for Mothers
In the early hours of Wednesday, a heartwarming event unfolded in Prague’s district of Liben as a baby girl was left in a baby box, a climate-controlled and safe place for mothers to discreetly leave their infants. Ludvik Hess, the founder of the Czech baby box network, reported the incident, stating that the baby was swiftly taken by ambulance to Motol Hospital.
This marks the 253rd baby to be left in a baby box in the Czech Republic, a country that boasts 80 such boxes, with the first one opening in 2005. The baby box in the Liben district, which played a pivotal role in this event, was established in 2020. Since the introduction of baby boxes, 139 girls and 114 boys have found refuge within them.
The Czech baby box network operates with the primary mission of providing a secure haven for newborns who may otherwise be abandoned or placed in harm’s way. These boxes are equipped with alarms that alert staff when a baby has been left inside, ensuring immediate attention and care from medical professionals.
This incident serves as a powerful reminder of the critical role that baby boxes play in providing a safe alternative for mothers who may find themselves unable or unwilling to care for their newborns. It also sheds light on the ongoing need for sustained support and funding for the Czech baby box network, which continues to offer a lifeline to vulnerable infants.
At present, the circumstances surrounding the baby’s abandonment and the identity of the mother remain unknown. The authorities are actively investigating the incident to gather more information.
In the wake of this event, it is essential to raise awareness about the Czech baby box network and the resources available to mothers in need. It is equally important to emphasize the significance of providing non-judgmental support to mothers during and after their pregnancies, ensuring they have access to the care and assistance they require.
As the baby girl from the Liben district receives the care she needs under the supervision of medical professionals, our thoughts extend to her and all the infants who have found solace in baby boxes throughout the Czech Republic and beyond. This heartening occurrence serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of compassion and support for mothers facing challenging circumstances.
Article by Prague Forum