April 20, 2018: Safe Delivery of Newborns Day

WHEREAS, the people of Michigan support institutions that provide care and attention for children no longer with birth families; and,

WHEREAS, despairing parents may not be ready for parenthood and may abandon their unwanted child in unsafe places; and,

WHEREAS, these anxious parents need safe choices for their newborns, and the Safe Delivery of Newborns Act of 2001 focuses on safe places for newborn babies less than 72 hours old; and,

WHEREAS, the Safe Delivery of Newborns Act designates hospitals, fire stations and police departments as safe delivery sites and includes a paramedic or emergency medical technician who responds to a 9-1-1 call; and,

WHEREAS, the Safe Delivery of Newborns Act has resulted in parents surrendering over 200 newborn infants to authorities since the act was introduced; and,

WHEREAS, newborns turned over to authorities under the Safe Delivery of Newborns Act are placed with adoptive families; and,

WHEREAS, on Safe Delivery of Newborns Day, we join with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to encourage all Michigan residents and professionals to become more aware of the Safe Delivery of Newborns Act;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim April 20, 2018 as Safe Delivery of Newborns Day in Michigan.