If you are hiding a pregnancy and hoping to hide a birth, please seek prenatal
care. Get help from someone you trust to make good decisions, such as a family
friend or clergy.
If you have no one to turn to, go to an institution that you can trust ...
your health department, your social services department, or doctor.
Plan for the birth, because giving birth alone could hurt you or your baby.
Most of all, if you do have a baby in secret, you can release it to a responsible
adult. Do not leave your child alone anywhere, maybe to die.
A woman who is about to give birth and does not want the baby has several
options. Safe surrender is only one of them. Other options include keeping
the baby or arranging for an adoption.
County health departments, county
departments of social services, adoption
agencies, and family resource centers, are some of the places women can go
to. For women of very limited means, pregnant women receive comprehensive
care from the beginning of pregnancy through the postpartum period. Medicaid
currently covers more than 40 percent of all deliveries in North Carolina.
Infants born to Medicaid-eligible women continue to be eligible until their
Specially trained nurses and social workers called Maternity Care Coordinators
(MCCs) are located in all 100 North Carolina counties to assist pregnant
women in obtaining medical care and an array of social support services such
as transportation, housing, job training and day care.
Adoptions can be arranged through county
departments of social services or a
licensed adoption agency. Sometimes family members want to adopt.
In an emergency call 911, or for more information about the safe surrender law contact your local county department of social services. A listing of county departments of social services is available at www.ncdhhs.gov/dss/local.