Drop-off baby boxes: Can they help save lives in the US?

The box on the side of the Indiana fire station resembles some sort of postal hatch. Pull open the external door and there is space enough for a medium-sized parcel.

But this isn’t a place to store your deliveries; it is designed for newborn babies.

Installed in December, it is the seventh “baby box” in the state, and it is targeted at mothers in desperate need.

More complex than they first appear, the boxes are fitted with temperature regulations and sensors. When a baby is placed inside, a silent alarm goes off, alerting the emergency services and allowing the child to be retrieved in a target time of less than five minutes.