Regional Hospital San Giovanni Bellinzona

Regional Hospital Bellinzona e Valli (ORBV), location San Giovanni, via Ospedale, 6500 Bellinzona. The "baby window" facility at Bellinzona is a joint project of Bellinzona Regional Hospital and the Swiss Aid for Mother and Child (SAMC) foundation.

What do I do?

A mother arrives at Bellinzona Regional Hospital. She comes from the car park directly to the baby window (fictitious scenario).
She opens the window and says goodbye to her child.
She lays the baby carefully inside. The mother wants to call her child Florian, so she places a letter next to her baby.
A final glance, everything OK? Hopefully everything will turn out for the best! The mother closes the window.
The mother leaves the area with a letter to her, which was deposited in the baby window.
After three minutes, an alarm sounds in the hospital's delivery ward. A nurse arrives ... picks up baby Sarah and gives her to the pediatric nurse.
The pediatric nurse takes the baby to the new-born babies' room for a check-up. Here, the baby is cared for. In a few days' time, the baby will be passed into the care of foster parents. The mother has a whole year in which to claim back her child.
 
 

Anonymity is guaranteed. The process is neither captured on video, nor will any photos of the baby be published. The letter from the mother to her child is kept under lock and key.

What do I have to keep in mind?

When you use the baby window, your baby will be in good hands. Later in life, the child might want to know more about its father and mother. Why not write your child a personal letter? Describe the circumstances which prompted you to give up your child. Send your child on its way with a gesture of love. Place the letter alongside the child in the baby window.

And please remember: even at this stage, you are more than welcome to contact the Swiss Aid for Mother and Child foundation (Tel.0800 811 100, calls are free), to arrange a confidential meeting at which you will be given all the help and advice you need on life together with your child. Please get in touch. We will provide you with help; confidentially and in complete anonymity.

Remember to look after yourself, as well. Giving birth without medical assistance places you at some risk. Why not consult a qualified doctor? If you need to consult a doctor free of charge, please get in touch with the Swiss Aid for Mother and Child foundation. They will provide you with all the help you need.

Where will I be able to find my baby again?

For the first few days, the baby will remain at Bellinzona Regional Hospital where it will receive the best care and attention. Even at this stage, the Kindes- und Erwachsenenschutzbehörde (KESB) will assume overall responsibilty for the child's well-being. It will place the child in the care of experienced, loving foster parents and will begin the search for suitable adoptive parents. As soon as they are found, the baby will move in with its adoptive family.

You are entitled to claim your child back for up to a year after placing it in care. But even after this time has elapsed, up until the child reaches adulthood, the Kindes- und Erwachsenenschutzbehörde will always know where the child can be found.

For more information, contact Autorità regionale di protezione no. 15 (ARP 15), Piazza Grande 1, 6512 Giubiasco, Tel: +41 91 850 99 65, mail: arp15(at)giubiasco.ch

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