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Babies switched at birth "breastfed by the wrong mom"

Posted by on Dec. 8, 2012 at 11:42 AM
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 http://gma.yahoo.com/switched-baby-breastfed-wrong-mom-214855848--abc-news-topstories.html

What would you do if this happened to you?

A new born baby will have to undergo a year of medical tests for HIV and hepatitis because he was accidentally put in the wrong bassinette by a Minnapolis hospital and then breastfed by the wrong mother.

The mix-up happened Wednesday in Abbott Northwestern Hospital when Tammy Van Dyke's little boy Cody was accidentally switched to the wrong bassinette in the nursery.

"You put your baby in the nursery, not even 48-hours old, and you think they're safe," Van Dyke told ABC News today. "I'm holding it together. I'm just in disbelief, and it was like I was in a dream, a bad dream, and I couldn't get it to stop."

Van Dyke was told two hours after the switch happened, just hours before she was going to take Cody home.

The infant had to undergo blood testing for HIV and hepatitis immediately following the switch.

"It was horrible," Van Dyke said. "Two nurses had to go in through veins in his tiny little arms."

Although the tests came back negative, Abbott Northwestern Hospital told Van Dyke her newborn son would have to undergo blood testing every three months for a year.

Hospital spokeswoman Gloria O'Connell said the tests were "just a precaution," but declilned to elaborate because of patient confidentiality.

Van Dyke was able to speak with the other mother, who had to wait 20 minutes before her baby, Liam, was located.

"It gave me peace of mind to talk to her," Van Dyke said. "She was just as distraught as me that this happened to her, and in the meantime, also didn't know where her baby was. She has twins."

Van Dykes, who also has a 2-year-old, said the homecoming shortly after wasn't what she thought it would be.

"I imagined getting up and getting ready and having Cody in the car with his big brother and coming home as a happy family," Van Dyke said. "We were going to videotape the homecoming, showing his room, and I couldn't stop crying. I couldn't put myself together, because it wasn't what I had imagined all this time."

In an apology letter given to her, the hospital states:

"Please accept this letter with our sincerest apologies for what occurred today at the hospital, that in the nursery your newborn son was placed in the wrong bassinette and then was taken to the wrong mother and breastfed. The hospital agrees to pay for the additional testing that you had done today and will also pay for the tests recommended for your son related to this incident up to one year."

And in a press release from Abbott Northwestern, practicing obstetrician and Chief Clinical Officer of Allina Health, Dr. Penny Wheeler, said, "As an obstetrician, I have personally seen verification of the infant's identifying name band matched correctly with the mother's on hundreds of occasions. It is extremely unfortunate that was not the case this time. We sincerely apologize to the involved families and will make certain we understand why our procedures were not appropriately followed in this case."

"I will be thankful to God when this year's over and he's cleared all his health tests and we don't have to think about this again," Van Dyke said.

 

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Precious333
by Group Mod-Julia on Dec. 8, 2012 at 11:46 AM

I heard about this.  This is one reason I didn't want my babies to be seperated from me, even for one second.  With my first I had some complications and so did he, so he went to the nicu, I to the OR, and while I was recovering he was in the nursery. I has my husband, and my mil stay with him (I told them not to leave him), and they stayed with him most of the itme, but then DH got tired and come in the room with me to get some sleep. So, Damien was in there overnight until I was able to get up and hold him the next morning. 

My other two were born at home, so that was a nice to have them with me the entire time.

catholicmamamia
by on Dec. 8, 2012 at 7:27 PM

One of many reasons why my babies are never out of my (or my husband's) sight when born. 


         

AutymsMommy
by Member on Dec. 8, 2012 at 7:30 PM

I'm a bit confused. Isn't this easily cleared up by the other mother's medical history? Part of my regular prenatal testing was for HIV and STD's. Couldn't they clear the infant by the other mother's prenat records?

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jen282
by on Dec. 8, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Wouldn't the mother notice it wasn't her baby?? I even knew my baby's cry from the beginning.
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soulofsunmama
by on Dec. 8, 2012 at 10:08 PM
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can you say BIG! ASS! LAWSUIT!!
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christineT79
by on Dec. 8, 2012 at 11:35 PM

What would I do? I'd hire a lawyer & fast. I've heard of things like this happening & when I had my baby I didnt let her go to the nursery. I ended up not sleeping for about 48 hours straight but I couldnt let her go. I don't trust those nurses because I know that they are human & mistakes happen. I was also afraid that they were gonna give my baby formula behind my back.

silka08
by on Dec. 8, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Precaution. Technically speaking stds and hiv have incubation periods which may not appear immediately. As a precaution testing would protect baby in case the other mother had an illness still in incubation,at the time of prenatal testing. Doing it for a year also covers the newborn as it would catch any illness later on that may have bwen in incubation period in the first few months.


Quoting AutymsMommy:

I'm a bit confused. Isn't this easily cleared up by the other mother's medical history? Part of my regular prenatal testing was for HIV and STD's. Couldn't they clear the infant by the other mother's prenat records?


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silka08
by on Dec. 8, 2012 at 11:41 PM
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Depending on her labor sone women are immefiately seperated ftom baby and may not conpletely recognize as it could be first time up close. Its also possible throygh extreme fatigue, or high doses of pain meds. Really the type of labor and amount of fatigue can play a huge role


Quoting jen282:

Wouldn't the mother notice it wasn't her baby?? I even knew my baby's cry from the beginning.

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JMmama
by Bronze Member on Dec. 8, 2012 at 11:51 PM
But it still seems premature to test a brand new baby within hours of potential exposure. It seems more prudent to check the other mom now and the baby 6m from now.

Quoting silka08:

Precaution. Technically speaking stds and hiv have incubation periods which may not appear immediately. As a precaution testing would protect baby in case the other mother had an illness still in incubation,at the time of prenatal testing. Doing it for a year also covers the newborn as it would catch any illness later on that may have bwen in incubation period in the first few months.




Quoting AutymsMommy:

I'm a bit confused. Isn't this easily cleared up by the other mother's medical history? Part of my regular prenatal testing was for HIV and STD's. Couldn't they clear the infant by the other mother's prenat records?


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silka08
by on Dec. 8, 2012 at 11:55 PM
Liability. They are already facing some serious liability. They need yo ensure every possible precaution is taken to prevent more liability. They cant force the other mom to take tests and share thay info as it is confidential. Thry cant share her test results with the baby's family


Quoting JMmama:

But it still seems premature to test a brand new baby within hours of potential exposure. It seems more prudent to check the other mom now and the baby 6m from now.



Quoting silka08:

Precaution. Technically speaking stds and hiv have incubation periods which may not appear immediately. As a precaution testing would protect baby in case the other mother had an illness still in incubation,at the time of prenatal testing. Doing it for a year also covers the newborn as it would catch any illness later on that may have bwen in incubation period in the first few months.






Quoting AutymsMommy:

I'm a bit confused. Isn't this easily cleared up by the other mother's medical history? Part of my regular prenatal testing was for HIV and STD's. Couldn't they clear the infant by the other mother's prenat records?



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