Geloof en een hoop liefde
Hella is looking for faith, hope and love in one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands: Dordrecht. Barbara Muller tells about her mission to stand up for those who doesn't have a voice: the unborn children.
We dance too little in life.
It's almost an art, how Barbara Muller (45) directs the conversation over and over again to children in need. Almost every question ends up at her work. Not because she wants to avoid personal questions, but because her work and her personal life are so connected, she breathes her work.
"No mother wants to abandon her baby"
It’s hard to believe: a parent who abandon her child helpless, take it’s live, or hides a deadborn little body. Still it happens about five times a year. Who does such a thing?
Ten babies saved thanks to foundlingrooms.
The past three years ten babies are left anonymously in a room of the Foundation Beschermde Wieg. That says founder Barbara Muller. Another 250 desperate mothers are helped during pregnancy. The Foundation recommends deleting the criminalisation of the abandonment of a child.
Barbara Muller is now Ashoka Fellow and can count on a life long support to continue her work.
the purpose of Ashoka, supported by people like Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) and Bill Gates (Microsoft), is to help people who are busy to change the system. Muller does that with her two foundations. ”I put myself on the line for babies, to whom no one could care and even turned their head for their care and wellbeing, says Muller.
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Beschermde Wieg gives away 18.000 diapers!
Volunteers of the Beschermde Wieg hold a baby in their arms for several times with a wet romper, because the parents had no money for diapers. "For these families, we want to make a difference. We want to help them and, above all, their baby with the essential basic conditions for a safe and comfortable start in life, according to Barbara Muller and Kitty Nusteling of the Beschermde Wieg.
Results Beschermde Wieg 2014-2017
Foundation Beschermde Wieg is committed to assist pregnant women for years now in their questions about their pregnancy, childbirth or the situation once they have given birth. We now have achieved a great goal for pregnant and recently laboured women in need.
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Fighting for a save cradle
Justice wanted to prosecute her. Barbara Muller, the initiator of the first foundlings room in the world, has been for almost four years a pain in the neck of Jeugdzorg, de Kinderbescherming and Defence for Children. And she is still campaigning. This week the seventh Beschermde Wieg room in the Netherlands opens.
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Opening Beschermde Wieg room in Juliana Children’s Hospital
The Juliana children’s Hospital in the Hague has opened a foundlings room Wednesday. It is the first time that such a facility opens in a children’s Hospital. Initiator Beschermde Wieg Foundation opened in the past years abandoned children rooms in Groningen, Middelburg, Oudenbosch, Papendrecht, Rotterdam and Zwolle. Women in need can leave their babies anonymously. Next year a room in Amsterdam will be opened.
Hague woman sets her town in the light and lay one hundred presents on street
Exactly one year ago Joany Vrolijk set up a meeting between Beschermde Wieg Foundation and the Juliana children's Hospital. On Friday 19 december the first meeting found place in this hospital. Vrolijk was present. It was her dream that there would come a place in her hometown where abandoned children were safe.
Press release - Opening Beschermde Wieg room Hoogvliet
On October 24, Foundation Beschermde Wieg opens a protected room in Hoogvliet on ebroeders van Hamelpad 16. The room has a separate entrance in a log cabin behind the house and is recognizable by the name plate of the foundation.
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Phileine writes: ”Hello dear Barbara”
Hello dear Barbara,
I don’t know you. Until recently I didn’t know of your existence. I did know that there are very special people who dare fight for their ideal. And now I know that you are such a special person. Because the world now has one more story because of you. A beautiful story.
A second baby has been taken care of by Foundation Beschermde Wieg.
A second baby has been taken care of by the Foundation Beschermde Wieg, which has furnished rooms for abandoned children in different places in the Netherlands, reports RTL news. It is the baby of a woman who was secretly pregnant. It is the second baby that has been taken care of by the Foundation. In May of this year it happened for the first time in Groningen.
Results Beschermde Wieg 2014-2016
Foundation Beschermde Wieg has been helpful for more than two years to pregnant women by helping them with questions around their pregnancy, childbirth or the situation once they have given birth. By now we have achieved a lot for pregnant women and girls in need.
Don’t prosecute the mother and not prosecute Foundation Beschermde Wieg.
The petition is to bring about a change in the law which serves mothers who are in extreme need of leaving her child (whether or not anonymous) in a safe place.
12 EU countries went in there befor us. The Netherlands should follow, the current law takes people's lives!
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Isala hospital in Zwolle - first in Holland - opens a foundlings room.
In november last year Isala - as the first hospital in the world - took the initiative to build a foundlings room. On other places in the Netherlands are already special foundlings rooms, but those are private.
We just have prevented a crime.
Barbara Muller, founder Stichting Beschermde Wieg, might get a penalty because they took care of an abandoned child.
Care taking first baby
Last week, for the first time, a baby was handed over to volunteers of the Beschermde Wieg in Groningen. The baby is healthy and is now at a foster family. The woman has left her personal behind. This envelope is now in the notary and the child can retrieve the data at the age of sixteen.
Zwols Hospital arrives first with foundlings room
For the first time in the Netherlands a hospital gets a foundlings room. Isala hospital in Zwolle has the scoop, even if child’s abandoning is still punishable.
Isala, first hospital with foundlings room
Early next year Isala opens in Zwolle, as the first hospital in the Netherlands, a foundlings room of the Beschermde Wieg. Gynecologist Harm de Haan has teamed up with the Foundation and took the initiative for the arrival of these abandoned children room. This and the other four Dutch foundlings rooms of Stichting Beschermde Wieg stand out compared to the so-called 'Babyklappen' in Germany and shutters in other countries. In the protected Cradle rooms is mothers help offered.
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Motion adopted unanimously
The Council of the Dutch meeting, Monday 26 October 2015. This motion is adopted unanimously by the Council of Zederik tonight.
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kro ncrv - Het Hoogste Woord
Barbara Muller is a writer and stands up for children in need and has today the highest Word.
Report experiences Beschermde Wieg Room
Read our experiences since the founding of Beschermde Wieg.
the Foundation’s aim is pregnant women who - for whatever reasons - no job on regular assistance can, dare or want to do, if desired, anonymously, to assist in their questions and uncertainties surrounding their pregnancy, childbirth or the situation once they have given birth.
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Film KRO NCRV Beschermde Wieg
Documentary filmmaker Sollart Vidya films the emergence of the first Dutch baby hatch. Meanwhile, the lone start of their lives tell about abandoned children and how it is to not know who your biological parents are.
Beschermde Wieg room
Our big thanks goes today to Endemol which fully support a Beschermde Wieg room as sponsor! Which location is not yet certain, we will keep you informed.
Beschermde Wieg Campagne
Today we launche the second Protected Cradle campaign!
Experience Stichting Beschermde Wieg emergency line and live chat
This overview provides a glance into the experiences gained to date, Protected by the Foundation crib.
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Opening location Oudenbosch
On april 13, the Beschermde Wieg room Oudenbosch opens its doors to the back entrance of the property on Markt 45.
'Anonymous gaving birth to prevent'. View the broadcast with an interview with Barbara Muller about Beschermde Wieg and giving birth anonymous.
Today a baby has been left on an unsafe place, found in Breda. Babies do not belong on the cold Street. There were six dead babies found in 2014. Among other things in a shopping bag, a beauty case, a bread bin and into a park.
Beschermde Wieg Campaign
Extremely grateful and proud we are launching today our message carried by twelve great Dutch celebrities.
Barbara Muller - Dordtenaar of the year
Regularly the Netherlands is also rocked by news of abandoned babies, domestic violence and family dramas. Muller is fighting for children in such circumstances.
Finding babycorpses, probably tip of the iceberg
In a park in Alkmaar a baby has been found yesterday. According to the police it is presumably to a newborn baby. A passerby saw the little corps laying in a park and warned the police.
How many babycorpses must be found?
The Wednesday evening found baby in a park in Alkmaar reiterates the question how we in the Netherlands can prevent baby killing or leaving a baby.
”How much are yet to come, before the Hague is awakened?” asks Barbara Muller herself.
Lay abandoned should no longer be punishable
Information and reduce chance of dumping baby safe places. " there will always be people who continue to leave their newborn child or foundling just Informatie en veilige plekken verkleinen kans op dumpen baby. "Er zullen altijd mensen blijven die hun pasgeboren kind te vondeling leggen of zomaar achterlaten." reageert Barbara Muller op de vondst van een baby in een ondergrondse vuilcontainer in Amsterdam afgelopen weekeinde.
Baby dumped in dirt
Only a few days old baby has been left in the night from Saturday to Sunday in an underground waste container in Amsterdam Nieuw-West. Because a casual passenger heard the newborn girl crying and alerted the police, the fire brigade could save her life.
A day later she is still ’in shock’: the woman who heard a newborn girl crying Saturday night in a underground dirt container at her apartment in New-West.
The first, much-discussed and much-criticised foundlings room is a fact in Netherlands. In Papendrecht mothers can leave their newborn baby anonymously. Initiator Muller is convinced of the usefulness.
Tomorrow the first foundlings room in Papendrecht opens, Groningen will follow later this month. In 2015, there will be rooms in Amsterdam and Utrecht.
State Secretary Fred Teeven of Security and Justice is not going to act against abandoned children rooms for the time being . In principle lay a baby abandoned is criminal but the legal options are limited in order to keep a private provision against where women can leave their child anonymously.
According to the figures in the Netherlands one child per year is abandoned. A deceptive figure, says Barbara Muller "Because it is that one child that is found alive. In addition, there are about six with whom we were late. Six baby corpses per year!"
In Papendrecht this morning a foundlingsroom is opened. Women in need who are not able to take care of their child, can leave their baby safe.
Tomorrow the first foundlingroom in the Netherlands will be openend. Not ideal for women who cannot educate their child, recognizes Barbara Muller. But perhaps the best possible solution until now.
In september two foundlingrooms will be opened in the Netherlands: one in Groningen and one in Papendrecht. Here women can leave their babies anonymously. Until now that was not possible in the Netherlands. In Nieuwsuur initiator Barbara Muller and the Council for criminal legal application.
Noord Hollands Dagblad
Opening new foundlings rooms are ’not a sufficient solution’ to the problem of abandoned babies. But new legislation to prevent abandoned children rooms is not necessary. This allows the Council for criminal legal application in an opinion to the Government, that was announced in Nieuwsuur.
Jaren geleden wist ik niet hoe ik hulp moest zoeken, ook al was die er toen wel te vinden. Ik kon dat psychisch niet. Ik dacht na over abortus, tegen mijn overtuiging in, maar ook dat wist ik voor mijzelf niet te regelen. Mijn angst was te groot. Vervolgens mijn dissociatie ook. Ik hoop dat de Beschermde Wieg er echt zal komen. Naar aanleiding van het radioprogramma schreef ik (onder mijn nickname) onderstaand gedicht om mijn emoties plek te geven:
Ik wens een kind
geen kille aarde
koud de dood
Ik geef het liever
vanuit de veilige
Twee armen en
een zachte huid
en ga maar
In gedachte bij Hannah, die het leven verloor ...