Hey, I can admit when I'm wrong. The Infant Dumpster was a bad idea, and I shouldn't have called for its return. Did I say bad? How about suboptimal. Optimal would be a clean room, with a hotline for the anonymous mother to alert nurses immediately when she abandons her baby. It'd be something like The Baby Box. Now that'd be something I can get behind.
In yet another case of life imitating The Onion, the newest Baby Box was recently installed in a Prague charity clinic after a two-year fight with the government. And it's patterned after the 'baby hatches' that have appeared in countries all over Europe:
In April 2000, a similar "baby hatch" was installed in a Hamburg, Germany, hospital after five babies were found in recycling bins in 1999. Two of the infants died, according to Heidi Rosenfeld, a social worker for SterniPark, the Hamburg charity responsible for installing that first baby hatch.Of course, it's taken ten years to get public toilets in the city, so I imagine would-be baby abandoners'll just have to keep improvising for a while.
So far, 21 babies have been "deposited" in Hamburg and 70 more boxes have been installed throughout Germany. Now Belgium, Austria, Slovakia, Switzerland, and Hungary have also installed the boxes.