Japan’s first baby drop-off hatch is open!
A hospital here has finished building a controversial baby drop-off point allowing people to anonymously drop off newborn babies they do not want to raise.
Jikei Hospital, the institution that built the drop-off point, plans to have a local public health center inspect it on Tuesday. The hospital plans to start operating it as early as the end of the “Golden Week” series of holidays.
The drop-off point, named “Akachan Posuto: Konotori no Yurikago” (Baby Postbox: Stork’s Cradle), is the first of its kind in Japan. It consists of a hatch measuring 50 centimeters by 60 centimeters that opens to a warmed bed where newborn babies can be placed.
When the hatch is opened, a sensor is activated, and workers in the hospital are alerted with a buzzer. A camera placed above the bed also sends images of the baby to a monitor.
Here’s a video of a demonstration of the hatch in action: