Creating the opportunity for miracles to happen.

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The story of the Helderberg Baby Saver stems from when a Somerset West Neighbourhood Watcher, Judith Cross, was the first responder to the scene when Baby Amber was found, newly born and dumped next to the river in Somerset West, Western Cape, in early 2014. She was covered in ants and would have died fairly soon had the dog of some vagrants not sniffed her out, and they then immediately raised the alarm.

A week later another abandoned baby was found in the SW CBD and this prompted Sandy Immelman to try and help prevent dumping of babies in the area by installing a Baby Saver.

Sandy Immelman and Judith Cross approached Choices, who deal with crisis pregnancies in the Helderberg area, and got permission to build the Saver into their building.

THE HELDERBERG BABY SAVER

Creating the opportunity for miracles to happen.

MOENIE JOU BABA WEGGOOI NIE!

Los jou baba op ‘n veilige plek indien jy nie na hom/haar kan omsien nie.

Daar is ‘n Baby Saver waar jy jou baba kan los.  Jy sal dit vind aan die regterkant van die Choices-gebou, Schapenberg Straat, oorkant die Vergelegen Spar in Somerset Wes.  Jou baba sal aan Kinderwelsyn oorhandig word, en in pleegsorg geplaas of aangeneem word.

Indien jy ondersteuning benodig met jou swangerskap, kontak “Choices” by 021 852 6454 om ‘n afspraak te maak vir ‘n gratis voorligtingsessie.

CHOICES KAN JOU HELP MET VERSKILLENDE OPSIES IN VERBAND MET JOU SWANGERSKAP EN JOU BABA!

MUSA UKULILAHLA USANA LWAKHO!

Kukho indawo ekhuselekileyo yokushiya usana lwakho.

Kukho indawo ebizwa ngegama elithi Baby Saver (iNdawo Yokhuselo lwee Ntsana) apho ungalishiya khona usana lwakho kwisandla sakho sase kunene ekujikeleni kwesakhiwo sase Choices, esime e-Schapenberg Road (indlela ejongene ne Vergelegen Spar), e-Somerset West. Usana lwako luyakuthi lufumane ukukhathalewa licandelo u-Child Welfare (icandelo lika Rhulumente elijongene nempatho kunye namalungelo wabantwana) apho liyakufunelwa ikhaya apho liyakugcinwa khona okanye linikezelwe kubazali abalifunayo ngokusemthethweni.

Ukuba ufuna uncedo ngokuphathelele ngokukhulelwa kwakho tsalela umnxeba e Choices kwa 021 852 6454 wenze idinga elingahlawulwayo.

U-CHOICES ANGAKUNIKA INDLELA ONGAZIKHETHA!

DON’T THROW YOUR BABY AWAY!

Leave your baby in a safe place if you are unable to care for him/her.

There is a Baby Saver where you can leave your baby. You will find it on the right hand side of the Choices building, Schapenberg Road, across from the Vergelegen Spar in Somerset West. Your baby will be handed over to Child Welfare to be placed in foster care or put up for adoption.

If you would like support regarding your pregnancy phone Choices on 021 852 6454 to make an appointment for a free counselling session.

CHOICES CAN HELP YOU WITH VARIOUS OPTIONS IN RELATION TO YOUR PREGNANCY AND YOUR BABY!

THE BABY SAVER

LOCATION IS KEY

There were a number of issues taken into account when deciding where to place the Baby Saver as the location is key:

1) As Choices deal with crisis pregnancies there is a hope that desperate mothers might approach them prior to giving birth.
The sticker on the Saver advises that they can seek help at Choices and gives a 24 hour number for Ruach Counselling.

2) The building needs to be accessible to people walking from the taxi ranks, Main Road, N2, train station, etc.

3) The Saver needs to be accessible and fairly private – but not isolated and thus risk putting the mother in danger.

4) The Saver needs to be in a location that the respondents can safely access at all hours.

5) The Saver needs to be in a place where it will not be damaged or vandalised.

6) A woman walking to Choices with a baby would not stand out – it would look normal in the environment.

Please share this video about the Helderberg Baby Saver!
The baby saver is located at the Choices Crisis Pregnancy centre in Somerset West and is run by Sandy Immelman.
A disused baby safe was donated by Immanuel’s Haven and Grant Immelman refurbished this, adding additional pressure triggers for safety:
Should someone place a baby in the Baby Saver the pressure mat triggers an alert via a panic alarm to Secure Rite who then contacts one of the Responders who will be on scene within minutes. Secure Rite will also dispatch an armed response vehicle to the scene for safety precautions. The Saver door automatically locks on the outside when closed and access is only possible inside the building.
The Responders were all given first aid training specifically for new-borns by E.M.O., who also donated First Aid kits to be kept by the Saver.
Testing the Baby Saver is really important. It is a matter of life or death actually, so regular tests are done to ensure it is always in good working order.

If a baby is found in the Saver it will immediately be taken to the local hospital by ambulance and put into the adoption/foster care system.

The Baby Saver is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year – the Saver sends regular signals that it is working, has a battery back-up plus there are regular tests and random practice runs to make sure there is zero chance of system failure.
The purpose of the Helderberg Baby Saver is simply to provide a safer alternative to dumping a baby in a bin or drain, and to make sure that the infant is taken to the hospital where it can be cared for as quickly as possible.
Raising awareness is critical as the Saver can only be used if the people who need it, know where it is and that they can safely use it. Leaflets and posters in Afrikaans, Xhosa and English are distributed wherever possible (assistance in printing costs and distribution is always needed, so if you can help with this, please email sandyimmelman@gmail.com), newspaper articles and radio interviews as well as presentations are also ongoing.

You can also download and print out the A4 poster and/or leaflets (two-up on an A4 page) below and hand out to staff, friends and colleagues.

We are sometimes approached by those who would like to donate items for the babies. We do not keep any of the babies – they are immediately placed into the same system as any abandoned baby would be. However, if you wish, you can drop donations at Choices, Schapenberg Road, Somerset West for their use.

Those who would like to assist with fostering and/or adoption can contact Wandisa. Please note that police clearance will be required, which can take some time: rose@wandisa.co.za

Please share our information, like our Facebook page and tell people who you work with … you never know who might need this information one day!

Thank you for helping us to honour Amber’s legacy.

Judith Cross and Sandy Davey Immelman at the launch of the Baby Saver – Amber’s legacy. The Social Worker from NORSA who attended the launch shared with us the great news that Amber is doing well and has been permanently placed with a family.

HBS POSTER & LEAFLETS

Please self-print these and give to your staff, friends and colleagues if you live in the Helderberg

Visit Choices

LOCATION OF HBS - MAP
Tel/Fax : 021 852 6454

Call Us

Sandy Immelman : +27 82 494 0983
Amanda-Lea Jones : + 27 82 563 2712

Creating the opportunity for miracles to happen.

The Helderberg Baby Saver is a safe place to leave an abandoned baby rather than dumping it in a bin or a river.  Located at Choices Somerset West.