April 20, 2015: Safe Delivery of Newborns Day

WHEREAS, The people of Michigan value our most important resources, our children, who are our foundation and future; and,

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 150 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, Safe Delivery of Newborns Day in in Michigan is an opportunity for all citizens 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, 2015 as Safe Delivery of Newborns Day in Michigan.