As a new emergency room in Galveston, Hospitality Health ER in Galveston would like to announce that we are a safe haven for parents to leave their newborns. Texas reported 22 babies that were abandoned in just one year, and these babies unfortunately were not dropped off at safe haven locations. Perhaps it’s because parents didn’t know these safe havens exist, so we are making it our mission to get the word out into the Galveston community. It could potentially save lives.
Medical Attention for Infants at HHER’s Emergency Room in Galveston
We understand that life can bring the unexpected, including a baby that you may not be able to care for. Fortunately, the Texas Safe Haven Law, also known as the Baby Moses Law, legally protects parents who may want to surrender their newborn to a safe place. Since its enactment in 2004, 131 babies have been surrendered under the Texas Safe Haven Law according to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.
The infant must be no more than 60 days old and dropped off unharmed at a designated safe haven which includes fire stations, police stations, and hospitals and freestanding emergency rooms like Hospitality Health ER in Galveston. The parent is not even required to disclose their identity.
“If you’re a parent who cannot take care of a newborn or if you know someone that is unsure about caring for their newborn, it’s best to bring them to a safe haven, like HHER’s emergency room in Galveston, where they will be cared for and provided immediate medical attention,” said Hospitality Health ER Owner Jeanne Shipp.
We encourage you to inform your community and circles that this option exists—you can potentially save a life.