Published on July 11, 2022
What families should know about preventing infant abduction in the hospital and at home
Congratulations on the birth of your new baby! The safety of your baby is very important to us. The best line of defense in infant security is educated and watchful parents. We ask you to please share with us the responsibility of keeping your new baby safe by carefully reviewing the following recommendations. We also ask that you review this information with your family and friends.
- Do not allow people you do not know well into your home.
- Do not give out any personal information, such as name, address, or phone number, to anyone you do not know, including promoters, advertisers, or photographers.
- Carefully consider the risks that may be associated with publishing a birth announcement in the newspaper or on social media. Be sure not to include details such as the mother’s first name or the location of your home when posting.
- Signs on the lawn, banners, balloons, or other outdoor announcements are not recommended as they call attention to the presence of a new baby.
In the Hospital
- Become familiar with your nurse and the other hospital staff who will be taking care of you and your baby.
- Do not give your baby to anyone without an official Torrance Memorial picture identification badge. The maternal child staff all wear a distinctive YELLOW identification badge.
- Question anyone unfamiliar who enters your room or asks about your baby, even if they are wearing a hospital uniform. If this happens, tell the nursing staff immediately.
- If your baby requires tests or procedures that cannot be performed in your room, find out where your baby will be taken and when your baby will return. You or your partner may go with your baby.
- Never leave your baby unattended or unsupervised.
- When using the restroom or taking a shower, push the crib so that you can see your baby. Always keep your baby within direct line of sight.
- When your baby is in the room with you, keep the bassinet on the side of your bed furthest from the door.
- If you leave the room, take your baby in the crib with you. Never carry your baby in your arms when outside your room.
- Never leave your baby alone in your room.
- Ask to speak to a person in authority, such as the lead nurse or the nurse manager, if you have any questions or concerns about infant security.