A move by the Catholic agency that runs two Edmonton hospitals to provide so-called "angel cradles" to drop off unwanted newborn babies anonymously is likely to rile the United Nations.
Covenant Health, which operates the Grey Nuns and Misericordia hospitals, announced the initiative Monday in hopes desperate mothers will use the service instead of abandoning their babies in places where they could die, CBC News reports.
"There's some women who have dissociative mental illness and we can't necessarily reach them, but there are some women [whose] safety is in conflict with that of their baby," Angel's Cradle program founder Dr. Geoffrey Cundiff said at the announcement.
The program is modelled on one Cundiff set up at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver three years ago, the first in Canada. So far only one baby has been left in the private alcove near the downtown hospital's ER, CBC News noted.
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