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Experts: Options are available after birth of baby

Erika Janes Erika Janes
Linda Davis Linda Davis

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Agencies across Louisville say there are options for mothers with an unplanned or unwanted pregnancy.

The Kosair Children's Hospital Advocates say expectant mothers can legally abandon their newborns with no fear of prosecution if the child is left in a designated "Safe Place."

Erika Janes, a nurse at Kosair Children's Hospital, said woman can bring their child to a Safe Place location within 72 hours of its birth.

"At a hospital, a police station, with EMS, at a fire department, as long as they hand it to a person," said Janes.

Linda Davis, executive director of Adoption Bridges of Kentucky, said it does not cost a birth mother any money to place a child for adoption, the child never has to become a ward of the state, and the parent can choose who will ultimately raise the child.

Adoption Bridges of Kentucky provides counseling, to help with the emotional impact, and legal representation to help navigate through the process of terminating parental rights.

Davis said that adoption has a stigma attached to it; however, she says it is "an act of love, it's the most unselfish thing a woman could ever do to put her child's interest before her own."

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