Italy has several laws in place to protect mothers and newborns, who are distinct people each with their own separate rights. In hospital, women have the right not to recognize their child and to do this anonymously. Expectant mothers must be informed of their rights and the options available to them. Newborns are recognized as people in their own right with a separate legal personality and all the legal rights that follow from legal personhood. Most importantly this means they have inviolable rights as an individual, and the right to a name, citizenship, education and to grow up as part of a family, even if it is not the birth family.