Safe Haven Newborn Protection

In accordance with Pennsylvania legislation, Doylestown Hospital offers a safe place for unwanted babies.

  • Pennsylvania's Safe Haven law allows parents to legally and confidentially turn over unwanted infants up to 28 days old to any hospital as an alternative to abandonment.
  • Babies can be handed over to any hospital staff member. As long as the child is unharmed, the parents will not be asked any questions.
  • It is recommended that the parent provide medical information for the child, but it is not required.
  • A baby turned over to a Safe Haven hospital will receive any necessary medical care.
  • The county's children and youth agency will work to find the baby a loving family through the state's foster care system.
  • The individuals leaving the baby at the hospital do not have to provide any information about themselves.