Baby-dumping and infanticide - Monograph No. 1

Infanticide and baby-dumping are crimes, but these acts are also cries for help. New mothers – especially young mothers – may feel overwhelmed by the idea of parenthood. They may have difficulty coping with the drastic physical and emotional changes they are experiencing. They may be suffering from the depression sometimes brought on by the hormonal changes associated with giving birth. They may be convinced that they will be unable to provide for the child, and they may feel that there is no one they can turn to for help. They may fear the shame of having given birth outside of marriage, or they may fear that they will be unable to continue their studies. None of these feelings can excuse the abandonment or murder of a child. But they show that communities can take steps to prevent infanticide and baby-dumping by giving mothers support and reassurance. It is difficult to estimate the true extent of infanticide and baby-dumping in Namibia, as such cases may go unreported. However, police statistics and anecdotal information suggest that the problem is a significant one.

Published 2011-04-27

Document Information

Publication year
2008
Author(s)
Hubbard, Dianne
Format
pdf, 56p.
Rights
© Legal Assistance Centre, 2008
Creative Commons License
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Country
Namibia
Identifier
ISBN: 978-99945-68-33-8

Document Information

Publication year
2008
Author(s)
Hubbard, Dianne
Format
pdf, 56p.
Rights
© Legal Assistance Centre, 2008
Creative Commons License
Attribution
Country
Namibia
Identifier
ISBN: 978-99945-68-33-8