Don’t Suffocate Your Unwanted Baby, You Can End Baby Dumping
You’re Only Judged If You Baby Dump, This Is What You Can Do
Baby dumping. It can happen for many reasons but mostly from teen pregnancy or out of wedlock. Who’s to blame? The parents? Society? But definitely not the baby.
Wrapped, suffocated in plastic bags and dumped in a pile of garbage. The child never asked for it. Yet if you Google “baby found in Malaysia” there are plenty of news links of babies being dumped each month. Just a couple weeks ago, a newborn baby boy was found abandoned on the staircase of a house at Kampung Pompod, at least the mother had the decency to let him live.
The heartbreaking ones are the babies that never got a surviving chance to experience the world. Like the baby boy that was stuffed in a plastic bag and dumped at the bus stop of Flat Sri Intan, Jalan Bukit Permai.
According to Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, the police have reported 577 cases of baby dumping nationwide between 2014 and 2018. That’s a scary figure!
If you’re a pregnant mother looking for a way out, here’s what you can do.
1. Contact the Kasih line for help
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Recently, the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry has launched a campaign to aid pregnant mothers. All you have to do is to call the Kasih line at 15999 for help. There are also qualified counsellors for you to seek advice from including assistance and protection.
2. Safely place the baby at Baby Hatch centers
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Placing a baby in a baby hatch is not a crime but to leave them on the street is not only inhuman but it's also against Malaysian law. You don't have to reveal your identity, just make sure the bay is in safe hands and looked after by a loving family. Give them a chance to live. You can also talk to our counselling members for help and everything is confidential. For further details visit our website @ www.orphancare.org.my
If you’re not going to keep the baby, be brave enough to send the baby off to a safe place. You can either send your unwanted baby to baby hatches operated by OrphanCare or any KPJ baby hatches. Click on the links to find out the exact locations.
Air-conditioned, safe with 24 hour CCTV inside the hatch, it will notify the caretaker when a baby is left in the hatch. Don’t worry, the camera will not identify you.
KPJ Kuching, General Manager, Nurhazimah Mahat told Bernama, the identity of the mother will not be investigated as they hope she will be able to lead a normal life.
3. Give the baby up for adoption
There are plenty of couples who are willing to adopt. Send the baby for adoption instead of dumping, you can make a difference in someone else’s life.
You can visit centers like Grace Community Services in Klang, in which they provide a safe haven for single, unwed mothers at an undisclosed location until the baby’s delivery date. If you’re still unsure whether to keep or let go of the baby, there’s be counselling sessions for you to support your decision.
Should you not, professional services will be provided in cooperation with the Welfare Department of Malaysia to look for suitable adoptive parents.
If you’re in this situation, don’t be afraid to seek help. No one will judge you for letting go of the baby. You’re only judged because of HOW you let go.