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A place where mothers can bring their newborn babies and leave them anonymously in a safe place to be found and cared for. Edit or translate this description.
Group: Amenities
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may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areasshould not be used on relations
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Status: approvedPage for proposal

A baby hatch is a place where mothers can bring their babies, usually newborn, and leave them anonymously in a safe place to be found and cared for.

A baby hatch is also known as "safe haven".

The concept is to prevent mothers from killing their babies because they are unwanted or just because of depressions that often follow a pregnancy. (In earlier times one could drop babies in front of churches or monasteries, but this is not allowed any more). If the mother does not come back to pick up the child it will be given to adoption. The mother can not be charged for that.

Opinions about the morality and effectiveness of the concept vary wildly; nevertheless, these facilities exist in many countries.

How to Map

Create a node node where hatch is located or draw an area area along the building outline. Tag the node or area with amenity=baby_hatch. If babies are accepted at the front desk of another facility (e.g. a fire_station) use baby_hatch=yes.


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