PMB gets its first baby safe

2010-09-27 00:00

CONCERNED by the reccuring acts of baby dumping, pro-life activist Rene Morcom is setting up a baby safe to offer women in Pietermaritzburg an alternative.

“It is very exciting for Pietermaritzburg because it is the first baby safe here,” said Morcom.

The idea was inspired by a Johannesburg non-profit organisation, Door of Hope.

The baby safe is a ventilated box into which women can place their newborn babies anonymously instead of leaving them in bins, toilets or other isolated places that may result in the babies’ death.

Members of Morcom’s Pietermaritzburg Pregnancy Assist (PPA) are automatically notified by a voice call when a baby has been placed into the safe.

The baby is collected and, following medical and legal procedures, is then taken to Morcom’s baby care facility until a stable home is found for it.

“We are currently connecting with adoption agencies both in South Africa and throughout the world to ensure the placement of a baby in a home that is filled with love, warmth and laughter for the rest of his or her life,” said Morcom.

The baby safe is to be placed in a little red house in a discreet area in central Pietermaritzburg, but Morcom said she needs funds in order to build and paint the house.

She has already created a baby’s room in her home and bought various necessities used for caring for babies, but said that “this will not last”.

Donations of nappies, formulas, baby creams and other items would be weclome, Morcom said, as would sponsorship to print posters and flyers to inform pregnant women all over Pietermaritzburg about their options.

“My husband and I are just passionate about it ... We don’t want babies to die.”

PPA also aims to educate people about safer sex and the consequences of unprotected sex — HIV and Aids, sexually transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancies — and to provide assistance to and even accommodation for pregnant women.

“My motto in life is: ‘You can’t change the world, but you can change the town you live in’,” says Morcom.

“I find that people don’t care any more. They talk about babies found dead in bushes and bins, but they don’t do anything.

“I’m trying to get people excited... I’m trying to get them to care again.”

For more information, visit www.pregnancyassist.co.za or contact Rene at 033 347 5544.

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