Marian Community Hospital Emergency Department Nurses, from left, Barbara Supko, RN; Diane Mosley, RN and Peggy Nebzydoski, RN, participate in “Safe Haven of Pennsylvania,” also known as the Newborn Protection Act.


Marian Community Hospital Emergency Department Nurses, from left, Barbara Supko, RN; Diane Mosley, RN and Peggy Nebzydoski, RN, participate in “Safe Haven of Pennsylvania,” also known as the Newborn Protection Act, a law in effect since 2003 stating that any parent may leave a newborn baby in the care of a hospital without being criminally liable as long as the baby is no more than 28 days old and is not harmed. A Safe Haven Crib is located in the Emergency Department Waiting Area of the hospital.  If a woman chooses to leave her baby at the hospital, the staff will not ask for personal information or why the baby is being brought to the facility.  If necessary, Lackawanna Councty Children and Youth Agency will take custody of the baby and find a good home.  If at any point the birth mother wants her baby back, she would contact the agency. For more information about the Newborn Protection Act, call the Pennsylvania Safe Haven Helpline at 1-866-921-SAFE (7233)