Choices for baby-dumping moms

When young mothers resort to desperate measures such as dumping newborn babies, it perhaps signifies how helpless they feel to change their frightening situations.

When young mothers resort to desperate measures such as dumping newborn babies, it perhaps signifies how helpless they feel to change their frightening situations.

In July last year Sowetan published a story about the thousands of babies that were dumped, with the number reaching at least 1200 in Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal and the Free State.

More than 40 children are dumped in the Free State every month, the worst record in the country.

At least 477 children were reported abandoned between July 2006 and July last year.

KwaZulu-Natal is reporting all-time high figures, especially of newborn babies, while sporadic cases are reported in Limpopo.

Mothers who feel distanced from their newborn babies are advised to consider other options to dumping them.

l One option would be to take the babies to orphanages such as the Othandweni Childrens Home in Mofolo, Soweto.

Othandweni is a part of the Johannesburg Child Welfare Society. It means a place of love in isiZulu.

The home caters for children from birth to 18 years, who have been abused, abandoned and neglected.

There are numerous cottages where children of different ages live.

There is also a nursery for 30 children comprising newborn babies and children up to the age of four.

l Mothers can also leave their babies anonymously at the Door of Hope in Johannesburg, by placing the babies through a window. - Sibongile Mashaba

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