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Morhers are tested for HIV and other STDs and diseases while pregnant and before delivery. It was an accident that should have been prevented; however, everytime ive been admitted the hospital staff always tells me to check my babies bracelet to make sure my baby is returned if they have to take my baby out of my room for some reason. I can understand why she was upset but we are all humans and no one is perfect ALL the time. In addition to this, it is not uncommon for a baby to receive breast milk other than his own mothers. premature babies MUST have human breast milk. If the mother cannot produce it, it is supplied through a Milk Bank that runs off donations. I have been a donor in the past and was not even tested every 3 months (i did have blood test done and went through a thorough screening before I could donate). I just feel if no harm was done it would be a frivolous lawsuit since no actual harm was done.
Actually no, premature babies MUSTN'T have breast milk. I so not know where you get this. It's not a federal law or a part of any state law. If the mother can't produce it, she is not forced to give her newborn--premature or full-term--substitute breast milk.
As far as being tested while pregnant, also not in the United States. It is recommended, not enforced. Even if this mother who accidentally fed the wrong child had been tested, of course the baby would have to be. Theoretically, she could have had a negative test at some point in pregnancy, and tested positive by the infant was fed. Either the test was a false negative when tested, or infection could have occurred after the testing. But she likely was not tested anytime during her pregnancy so it is a moot point. Either tou live in a country where mandatory tested exists (and mandatory breast feeding, but I don't even know if THAT exists), or you couldn't be more wrong. Well, you couldn't be more wrong about U.S. law.
Can hospital STOP mixing up newborns? Although things like this are a rare occurance, it happens far too often considering what is at stake (with the worst outcome being babies switched and permanently being given to the wrong mother). With tags (usually placed around the legs) and bassinet markings, how hard is it to keep the children straight?
On a lighter note, this makes me think of that episode of The Office when Pam gives birth. She accidently feeds the baby of the mother with whom she shares the room because late at night all she and Jim noticed, was a bassinet with a crying baby. Not their crying baby, but after it was all said and done, they never said a thing. Who would? LoL egads. I wonder how often THAT has happened in a maternity ward?
This is so horrible. I don't normally say this, but I hope somebody definitely sues for something. It should be impossible for a hospital to mix up two infants at all, let alone not catching it before giving the babies to the wrong mother's. If some strange woman breastfed my child, I'd be pissed. This shit is not okay. The mother must be going out of her mind, wondering if her child was given an STD by some strange woman.
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