Babies switched mothers???? How could it be?

Philippines
June 11, 2007 10:06pm CST
I guess many have seen and heard the news about babies that were accidentally switched? and the mothers took the babies home believing they are theirs. Fortunately, one of the mothers discovered the name tag on the baby's hand is different. And the accidental switching was immediately discovered. It was resolved when the babies were returned to their own mothers. If you are the mother or the parents and this situation happened to you? what will you do? Who is to be blamed for this switching? Will you sue the authorities involved in this kind of mistake? share your thoughts.
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• United States
12 Jun 07
For me as a mother I think I would have a feeling that there was something wrong because When I was pregnant I had a bond with my baby when he was in my stomach and the bond carried on when he got here its just something a momther can tell. But if that did happen to me hell yeah I would march my happy but right up there and get my baby back thats all I would really be wondering is if my baby was okay and hope that nothing bad happened to him. Yeah I would be pissed and probably sue.
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• Philippines
12 Jun 07
In my case, I will sue the authorities of the hospital and all people involved. Just to give them lessons that switching babies is a very serious and grave mistake!
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• Philippines
12 Jun 07
it is really important that we get hold of our real babies. once the switching is noticed and the real mothers get their real babies, half of the problem is solved. i had always had this fear before because, i have read an occurrence like this in a news item before. as a precautionary measure, i will find a good small maternity hospital just to make sure that no switchings will happen to mine. after all, if there is only one baby that got born during the hour, that will be just about what is needed to be sure no switching has happened.
• United States
12 Jun 07
Luckily when our daughter was born my husband and i played the smart card. She did not leave our sight not even for a second the whole time we were in the hoisptal. i deliveered her and they did everything they needed to in the room, when it came down to having to take her out of the room, my huisband followed right behind. There was that sense of "needing and wanting" to spend every second with our new baby and the feeling of being scared that something may happen to her.
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• Philippines
12 Jun 07
you are really a very caring and cautious mother as well as your husband.
@coferbox (298)
• United States
12 Jun 07
I personally know of one case where this happened - and was discovered a short time later and the babies switched back - and I have read of others in the news that were not discovered until the children involved were much older. I don't think this could happen now, but all the cases I know of happened years ago when the mothers were knocked out for the delivery and the fathers were not allowed in the delivery room. I would hope it couldn't happen now. I don't worry about my own daughter being switched because she looks to much like me. But if I found out that it had happened I'm not sure what I would do. I would want my real baby back but I also wouldn't want to give up the child I had raised and bonded with.
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@packgirl4 (402)
• United States
12 Jun 07
This is just sad. I mean in this day and age with all the technology available in the hospitals... and they send ya home with the wrong kid??? Come on, that is pathetic. I was lucky when our son was born. He hummed really loudly immediately after labor. It was funny, he did it every time he let a breath out while he was sleeping for about the first 2 weeks of his life. So the nurses couldn't miss him, that's for sure!!!
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• United States
12 Jun 07
This story seems unreal to me, because like others who have posted here, either me or my husband was with our children the whole time we were in the hospital. And, I knew what my children looked like the minute they were born. I don't know how a mother could not know, but that is just my feeling. And yes, if this were to have happened to me, i would have gotten the authorities involved and whoever else I would have needed to ensure that my baby was all right and that I got them back to me.
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@ashveen (301)
• France
12 Jun 07
as long as ur not aware of its fine..but if i wud come 2 kno i wud surely take some serious action..its indeed a mistake of the attending nurses or other staffs..i would indeed sue them..its something serious for me thanx
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• United States
12 Jun 07
I would hope that I would remember what my baby looked like enough to know if the baby they brought back to me was mine. If not, I think whoever was in charge of the babies in the nursery is responsible for them. So if a baby gets switched then they should be at fault. Also the hospital should be at fault too. If I found out right away, I don't know if I would sue them or not. I probably would just so they would learn a lesson and work at not letting it happen again. If it was years and years down the road and I found out, I don't think I would want to switch the babies back. I would want to get to know my biological child but I would have a very strong bond to my child that I had raised so I think I would keep things the way they are.
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@steney (1418)
• Philippines
12 Jun 07
This scenario happens mostly in public or government hospitals where negligence is a common problem. I was paranoid about this for a while when I was pregnant, and made sure that there will be no switching of any kind that will happen when I give birth. I thought I watched too much telenovelas to believe that this can happen to me, but it's happening in real life and we can never be too sure. One mistake can lead to a lifetime of misery.
• Philippines
12 Jun 07
in this case, it is good that the babies had their name tags on yet. what if they were not there anymore? or what if they were coming in in codes? yes, there is a need to sue those irresponsible people in court. nice to be seeing them there. i just couldn't imagine how hurting will it be for my real child to be growing up in somebody else's care. i'd rather that an additional child shall be entrusted into my care than lose my own. having an angel more to take care of will just be fine. but not my own child, please.
@dheng30 (88)
• Philippines
13 Jun 07
just want to rephrase... "your child is the most valuable that anything in this world"... mothers will do anything for their children... thats why if that happened... i'm telling you they have to hide cause i dont know whats really gonna happened to them...hehehe (sound going to do terribly bad)..... you want your goin to do?
@dheng30 (88)
• Philippines
13 Jun 07
Good thing that never to happened to me yet, and i dont want that to happened to me either... If that happens,maybe i'll sue the hospital. Why?,because it is their responsibility to keep the right tag on the babies and even on delivering them to their mothers... Such neglect to their duties will cause a miserable life (if we can call it like that) to both baby and mother. think of the possibilities that might happen if your baby was switched to someone else baby... you dont even know the person whom your baby went to... what if that family was not that affectionate on babies... coz me i dont to be away from my baby for a long time... i can't even take that my baby is crying... i know all mothers agreed to me...your child is the valuable things you ever had...
• Canada
12 Jun 07
This was one of my biggest fears with all my children when I had them . I was so worried that they would be switched and I wouldn't know . I really had nothing to worry about as my children were with me all the time but it didn't change the fact that with each one I had the same fear . I would be very upset and would want some action done as someone made a really big mistake that could have affected the lives of all involved , with lasting results had this not been noticed by one of the mothers . I understand mistakes can happen but mistakes like this there are no excuses .
• United States
12 Jun 07
I wouldn't sue. But I would def. let whoever my doctor was know how I feel, and he would not have a good day after I was done! lol. I would be very angry, but also VERy relieved that I got my own baby back. But I know I would always be haunted by the idea that there was a chance I might have lived with the wrong child forever, even though I would think they were mine and love them the same.
• United States
12 Jun 07
This story seems unreal to me, because like others who have posted here, either me or my husband was with our children the whole time we were in the hospital. And, I knew what my children looked like the minute they were born. I don't know how a mother could not know, but that is just my feeling. And yes, if this were to have happened to me, i would have gotten the authorities involved and whoever else I would have needed to ensure that my baby was all right and that I got them back to me.