On the afternoon of May 3, a newborn was left in the “cradle of life” of the Bergamo Red Cross, together with a note written by her mother.
Newborn left in the cradle of life
A woman, most likely the mother, left the baby in the “cradle of life” located outside the headquarters of the Red Cross in Bergamo, together with a note in which she explains that she cannot take care of the baby: a gesture that conceals great pain, but also an extreme sense of responsibility. The baby is healthy and, as soon as she was found, she was taken to Pope John XXIII’s neonatal pathology ward where she is still under observation.
The right to anonymity of mothers
The hospital wanted to recall that “women have the right to give birth safely and anonymously in the hospital: according to Presidential Decree 396/2000, the woman in labor can in fact ask the hospital doctors not to be mentioned in the birth certificate”. Many women are not aware of this law, and for this reason they face childbirth alone, endangering their own life and that of the newborn: this also happened in the case of the baby from Bergamo, as the mother explains in the note left in the cradle of the life.
“Born this morning 03/05/2023. At home, just me and her (as in these 9 months). I can’t, but I wish her all the best and happiness in the world. I entrust you with an important piece of my life, which I certainly won’t I will never forget”: these are the words written by the mother of the child and left with her in the cradle of life in Bergamo. Few words that tell the woman’s loneliness, pain and deep sense of responsibility towards the little one.