The problems of illegitimate births in the early XIX century. The newborn babies were abandoned at the "Rota" of the hospital. The handing over of the newborn babies to the Rota avoided their being left with unknown persons, who, attracted by infant cries from a bundle in front of a Church or Convent, might be unreliable though compassionate. The hospital was the safest place for the babies as it ... [Show full abstract] provided immediate care but only after their souls had been given priority. First baptism and then medical care. For concealment the parents' names were not revealed. The baby was handed over by friends or well-wishers, a midwife or a neighbour that took interest in the baby receiving the required attention.