Baby switching in a local hospital....

Philippines
March 8, 2007 8:29pm CST
I was really alarmed when I was watching the news yesterday when they reported that there was a local hospital here in the Philippines who "accidentally" switched babies. Baby 2 was given to parents 1, they already left the hospital 20 minutes after when Aunt 2 noticed that the baby in the nursery (the baby in baby 1's crib)was not baby 2 and she then called the nurse's response immediately. To cut the story short, they asked parents 1 to go back to the hospital to settle things. The 2 babies are still in the hospital awaiting their DNA tests. Dang, seriously, this makes me worried. I am going to give birth to my son in 2 months, I thought something like this only existed in soap operas, but hell no. Also, they said that the nurse who made the mistake just had an "honest mistake", c'mon, an "honest mistake"?! They are dealing with lives here!!! What if the aunt didn't notice the difference?! Anyway, aren't there additional procedures that are done in hospitals to ensure that this doesn't happen ever again?! I am still looking for the link to the news....
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@Neriz69 (1037)
• Philippines
9 Mar 07
Those things mostly happens in public hospitals. Fabella is one. My neighbor's son was switch with a girl at Fabella Hospital. Luckily, he was told that his wife bore a baby boy and so he was expecting a boy, but they were given a girl instead. Luckily they were able to get their son back.
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• Philippines
9 Mar 07
Thanks for the response. Wow that really is some story! I thought this is just a once in a lifetime chance, something that rarely happens! It's a good thing I won't be giving birth in a public hospital here in the philippines.
@brckoba (795)
• United States
9 Mar 07
I know for a fact, that when a mother gives birth the hospital staff gives the mother, the father and the newborn matching bracelets, this all happens right after the mother has given birth. They also check the bracelets every time they bring in the baby or someone goes to take the baby out of the nursery. They also but a security bracelet on the baby's ankle that way if someone tries to take him/her out or the maternity area, an alarm would instantly go off. In any case I'm sure as a mother you would be able to recognize your own child. Instincts will take over. I don't really think there is a lot of baby mix-ups, though. When you have a baby, just keep him/her always close to you.
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• Philippines
9 Mar 07
Thanks for the response. I think that's a good suggestion, I will do that, I'll make sure that we (my husband and I) will keep an eye on our baby, make sure that no switches will happen.
• Philippines
9 Mar 07
Switching babies is not a fancy thing. It's real and true to life. I am a mother and I feel worry about giving birth because of that. The best thing I guess is to ask your husband to be with you inside the delivery room. There are hospitals which allows the husbands inside but if yours wont allow, ask permission and tell them your worry.
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• Philippines
9 Mar 07
Thanks for the response. I've already asked the hospital where I am going to give birth and they said that they don't allow husbands to be in the delivery room during that time. =( We're still hoping that they would change their mind.
@kstrzwsk (146)
• United States
9 Mar 07
I guess the most effective way to avoid mix up is to look over your baby really good so you can tell right away after if it is yours or not.
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• Philippines
9 Mar 07
Thanks for the response. I think that really is a good suggestion.
• Canada
10 Mar 07
I watched that news the other day and it's really scary. Even if it was negligence or intentional, it's really scary. Poor babies.
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@davis123 (507)
• United States
10 Mar 07
unn they should checked and make sure they are giving you the right baby an honest mistake what ever and yeah what if the aunt would have not noticed ewww wee that wouldnt been horrible
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@sacmom (14316)
• United States
10 Mar 07
I was worried about my babies getting switched while I was pregnant. My husband was also concerned about this. Luckily my first son was born with a small birthmark on his forehead, so we could identify him easily. Plus both my sons had two bracelets each, one on the wrist and the other on the ankle, which had my first and last name on them and the bracelets were tight enough on the babies so that they wouldn't fall off. I also had a bracelet so that the hospital staff could match up mother and baby. Also the bracelets for the babies had a special little alarm in them that would sound off if the baby left the room. Additionally my husband followed our first son to the nursery after he was born and I did the same after our second was born to make sure there was no accidental switching. Plus my babies and I got to be in the same hospital room before and after they got their checkup in the nursery (the hospital that I went to doesn't believe in splitting up mom and baby). If I have another baby I'm sure I'll be worried just like I was the other two times, but I feel it's better to be safe than sorry, especially when it comes to the safety of babies.
@golden87 (95)
• United States
10 Mar 07
I know when I gave birth to my kids, they had features that I could recognize. Like the one came out with a scratch on his face. The other one was really big. I also had the baby's in the room with me for the majority of my stay. But I have heard of parents that have someone keep an eye on the baby at all times the baby is not in the room with you. I guess that is the only sure way to make sure your baby doesn't get switched. Good luck to you. And remember, we don't hear about baby switchings all that often. So the odds are extremely in your favor that you will end up with your baby!
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• Canada
9 Mar 07
WOW this is crazy to think another person can take ur baby home just like nothing and it is called a "honest mistake" DAMN and why do they tag ur babies when they are born so that they can make these mistakes crazy I just don't understand how the parent's that toke the baby home did not realize that it wasn't there baby... They say all babies look the same when they are born, but come on that's ridiculous!!!!! ....Here is some good adive for u enen though they will not let ur husband in to attend the birth make sure he is there when they clean the baby up and weight it then straight after keep it in ur hospital room with u that is what I did with all my kids....And for sure will continue to do so.....Now that I know this is not a soap opera special best of luck!!!! I don't think u should stress on this issue but do be cautious!!!!
• United States
9 Mar 07
I had a alarm on my daughters foot. I did not have these issues. Plus there are those bads I see on other kids ankles taht ring if the baby is taken. There is the all over look for a birth mark etc. It's not something that happens everyday. I do believe it was a mistake. Someone could have easily have distracted the woman. A crisis anything. Not excusing what happened. ll ended well.
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• Singapore
9 Mar 07
in a not so advanced country, i'm not surprised a mistake like this happened...
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@laurabeth (145)
• United States
9 Mar 07
I have two children and they were born in different hospitals, but in both my baby was "tagged" with an ID bracelet and electronic ankle bracelet. My husband and I also had matching ID bracelets. My first was born late at night and was taken to the nursery so I could rest, but I didn't worry with the safety precautions in place. My second spent a lot of time in the nursery because I had severe complications after having him. Although it would be ideal to have your baby with you the entire time, it isn't always possible.
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@milagre (1272)
• Portugal
9 Mar 07
it had happen here once too, and the just discovered when the father changed the dipper and saw that his boy became a girl!
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• United States
9 Mar 07
There is a story, a true story, that was made into a movie, that I had watched as a kid, and it was about two little girls that were switched in the hospital. And, it actually happens more than we even know. I really believe that there needs to be a lot of more security, for example, cameras inside the hospital nursery where the babies are kept. They do have ID bracelets, and some regulations, but it is not all that hard for mix-ups to occur. Congrats on your pregnancy, hope all is well.
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@amitksing (1324)
• India
9 Mar 07
This is really a very serious issue and in recent past, I have come across to see a lot of such cases here in my country India. In such cases, the parents of baby1 have claimed that their baby 'boy' has been knowingly exchanged with a baby 'girl' (baby2). They have been reported saying that the hospital authorities did so for money. Now, its really very tough situation for the to be parents as which doctor and which hospital to believe and which to not. I think strict law inforcement should be made and the responsible people should be dually punished, because as you said, this is a question of somebody's life!
@coolchai (700)
• Philippines
9 Mar 07
ive given birth 2x already and its cesarian. and each time i was given a general anesthesia i see to it that im stil awake whem my child is taken out of my womb. and the nurse is responsible to show how the baby looks like when its just taken out of me and i ofcourse look closely at the child as if i memorize evry inch of my child. and the next day, no matter how painful my stiches are i asked for my child to be with me. though its really painful! at least in this way it will prevent that my child will be switched to another.
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@kakuemmom (862)
• Canada
9 Mar 07
This is not something that really happens here anymore. I know when my youngest was born my husband and I were given bracelets that could only be cut off. The bracelets had the same number on it as my daughters did whenever we left the floor our bracelets were checked and the day i left the hospital we all had a our bracelets checked and scanned if they did not match we would not have been able to leave. We were told not to remove them till we got home that way there was no way a switch could take place.
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• India
9 Mar 07
watch your baby for sometime or best way is take a photo of him..
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• Philippines
9 Mar 07
yeah its tru but th elocal hospital didnt really tell the whole incident...it was an honest mistake...daym nurse...i would sue them for that even thoug it was an honest mistake....what if it was really switch and the parents of baby alpha let say there are rich and baby bravo's parents arent that would give a big damages in both babies lives..daym nurses...
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• Canada
9 Mar 07
Thats why I have a huge problem with hospitals that put the newborns in a nursery as opposed to keeping them by the bedside like they do in the UK. I feel that having them in a nursery may help the mothers to recover from giving birth, but then you lose that bonding thats so important in the first 24 hours after birth. In the UK, they have the babies at the mothers bedside, and every baby wears an electronic tag round their ankle, which must be removed by the midwife before leaving the ward once you're discharged. This is a standard safety feature at the hospital where I gave birth, and it makes a whole lot of sense. At least it prevents things like baby switching. What a tragic thing to happen.
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