Adventist Health Bakersfield says it is the first hospital in the county to install a new system to help identify newborns in case they go missing.
The Newborn Safety System, developed by CertaScan Technologies, will allow the hospital to capture high-resolution footprints of newborns that can help identify them if needed for situations such as an abduction or natural disaster.
“Think of this as a fingerprint for a newborn’s foot,” said Caroline Gardiner, director of maternity care at Adventist Health Bakersfield. “We know this technology will help give new mothers a sense of comfort with their new babies.”
New moms now receive a certificate of their newborn’s footprint and can download a digital copy of the footprint online.