Stuttgart - Since the baby hatch was introduced in 2001, around 90 babies have been handed in there in Baden-Württemberg. That said spokesman for Baden-Württemberg in Stuttgart with reference to the most recent query at the youth welfare offices in spring 2017. Such offers of help are available in Karlsruhe, Stuttgart, Pforzheim, Mannheim, Lörrach, Villingen-Schwenningen, Singen and Friedrichshafen.
In addition, pregnant women can use the option of confidential birth - corresponding law came into force in 2014. The ministry spokesman said that 21 babies had been born this way in the southwest by 2016. Figures for the past year are not yet available. Confidential birth enables women to have medically supervised delivery and guarantees them certain anonymity.
However, the pregnant woman provides her personal data in certificate of origin. This is deposited with the Federal Office for Family and Civil Society Tasks. If an affected child wants to find out where they come from, they can see the evidence from the age of 16. According to the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, 249 children were born confidentially nationwide.