DID YOU KNOW? 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily!

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
DID YOU KNOW? 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily!
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Wed, 07-25-2012 - 9:24am

DID YOU KNOW? On average, around the world, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily!

 Do you think this could be true?

Did you ever have the experience of a nurse trying to hand you the wrong baby?

 I did, with my first son. The baby had black hair, mine had red hair. The nurse kept insisting that I take the black-haired baby, thinking I was refusing to take my own baby.

Finally she checked the bracelet, and ran out of the room.

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-06-2013

It makes me glad to have had all 5 of mine at home...I used to tease that was the reason I wanted homebirths.

Community Leader
Registered: 04-18-2003

That's around the world, on average. I'd be interested to know what the stats are for each country. Laughing I'll plead guilty, it's a good thing I home birthed or I'd be wondering if my son got switched at birth. How can a kid who has both Prince Edward Island and Alberta blood in him NOT like mashed or baked potatoes?

Witch_Power, it's scary that when you told the nurse that your baby had red hair, she wouldn't believe you until she looked at the bracelet.

Gail

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-13-2008
witch_power wrote:

DID YOU KNOW? On average, around the world, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily!

 Do you think this could be true?

Did you ever have the experience of a nurse trying to hand you the wrong baby?

 I did, with my first son. The baby had black hair, mine had red hair. The nurse kept insisting that I take the black-haired baby, thinking I was refusing to take my own baby.

Finally she checked the bracelet, and ran out of the room.

Lucky for the red hair, by the sounds of things. I think it would be much more common in hospitals where babies are kept separately in a nursery, rather than rooming in. It could not have happened with my youngest as he was up to twice the weight of some of the other full-term babies in the hospital, lol.

Teresa