Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Anti-Abduction Policies for Newborns in Maine Hospitals

Maine hospitals are studying and possibly discontinuing the long-time practice of collecting and releasing information to newspapers of recent births in their hospitals. The practice has come under scrutiny as part of a nation-wide study of the danger of releasing to the public domain information about recent births. The trend to not release birth information is part of a nation-wide trend to limit abductions of infants. Although very rare, infant abductions do take place. There has only been one recent abduction in Maine and that happened in 1996. Read more on this topic in "Hospitals mull anti-abduction policies Maine Medical Center no longer will provide media notices of new babies", Morning Sentinel, September 3, 2008. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children has a webpage with more info on this topic entitled Infant Abduction Preventioin and Resources.

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