Safe Place For Newborns

Through the Safe Place for Newborns program, Vernon Memorial Healthcare offers confidential, protective shelter, medical care and treatment to newborns whose parents are unable to care for them and would like to surrender them to the county.

The program follows a Wisconsin law that allows a mother the option to leave her unharmed baby, up to 3 days old, with a hospital employee. No questions asked - not even your name. Police will not be called. A person other than the mother - acting with the mother's permission - can also bring a newborn to the hospital.

The person who drops off the baby will receive a packet that includes a medical background questionnaire. She/he can complete the questionnaire and give to the hospital if desired.