The stories of the two babies abandoned in Sydney last month broke hearts across the country, with many left wondering why a safe alternative isn’t available to women struggling to cope with the pressures of parenthood.
But now one Sydney grandmother is taking matters into her own hands — by encouraging mothers who fear they might harm their babies to reach out to her for assistance.
Two weeks ago, cyclists discovered a baby boy left abandoned in a drain in Sydney’s north west — and then, on Sunday morning, two young boys found the body of a newborn baby girl buried in the sand while playing at Sydney’s Maroubra beach.
Catherine Lucre, a midwife and grandmother of three, has started the Facebook page “Operation Safe Haven” to help mothers in distress and provide them with a safe place to leave their babies.
Catherine Lucre has vowed to maintain the confidentiality and privacy of the women she assists (Image via Seven News)
“I’m prepared to do whatever is required to prevent a baby from dying,” she told Seven News. “I’ll do whatever it takes, I’ll go wherever I have to.”
Lucre, of Camden in Sydney’s south-west, has left a bassinet at her front door to allow mothers to leave their babies anonymously.
She has also offered to come to mothers directly to offer assistance and ensure the children’s safety.