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A man who was abandoned by his mother as a baby in Grangemouth 39 years ago has rejected the idea of "baby hatches" for unwanted children.

Ian Hogg was talking on BBC Radio Scotland's lunchtime news programme Scotland Live in a special report on ways of dealing with foundlings.

The discussion followed the discovery of a two-day-old baby in Wishaw earlier this month.

Baby Andrew, who was named after the man who found him, is now thriving with foster parents while efforts continue to find his mother.

Mr Hogg was subsequently adopted and now has a family of his own.

He went to the street in Grangemouth to see the former public toilet where he was abandoned by his mother.

Natural mother

He told the programme: "This is a bit strange because this is the only area where I know where my birth mother has been.

"I don't know what she's been doing since then and I don't know what she was doing before that but I do know that she was the one that abandoned me at this building.

"She's been down the same pavement, the same street, and because of that I feel that this is the closest that I could ever be to her."

He added: "If I found the person who was my natural mother, the main question would be why... but I think I would I would rather not know."

Jimena Martini from the Sterni Park Foundation in Hamburg told the programme about a "baby hatch" which has been set up in the German city.

Baby Andrew found at Wishaw General Hospital
Baby Andrew was found at Wishaw General Hospital

It is a place where mothers who have decided to abandon their babies can leave them anonymously.

She said the system, which has already been copied in Japan, should be introduced elsewhere.

"It should be only the last possibility for mothers, but there should be more help in advance even before they give birth.

"I think it's better to put the baby into the hatch rather than to abandon it. In every big city there should be a baby hatch."

However, Ian had his doubts about making such a service too readily available.

"It's made to sound as if it's a natural thing and I tend to disagree with that," he said.

"There should be more support for women who are going to have babies rather than to say okay, if you can't cope with it you can always put a baby in a hatch."


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