(Closed) Hospital babies – switched?

posted 6 years ago in Babies
  • poll: Are you afraid they'll switch the baby on you?
    Yes - they can still make mistakes : (40 votes)
    51 %
    No - my baby had unique markings : (12 votes)
    15 %
    I just KNOW my baby, this is a ridiculous survey! : (27 votes)
    34 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    There was not one time that Lexi was not in our room and with us.  Testing, Pediatricians, everyone came to our hospital room to do their business.  She still had the alarm anklet, and my husband and I had wristbands identifying her as ours, but still.

    I didn’t even know I would feel so strongly about her not going away until she was there (I was like “What’s so wrong with wanting some sleep?”)  But, nope.  We liked this so much that now, with our second baby, we’re making sure the hospital offers that option.

    Post # 4
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Intersting topic! I don’t have a baby but from what I hear they don’t leave mom’s room anymore so hopefully they don’t mix them up!

    Post # 5
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2012

    They put the ankle band on my son when they were weighing him and they did the same with my sisters new daughter. I thought that was always done? Theres no way to mix a baby up with the ankle band all the parents info is on it. 

    Post # 7
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    id hope i knew my baby if they were switched he was the only boy on the ward hehe. but yea he was never taken away from me apart from when i went for a shower after birth then OH had him the whole time

    Post # 8
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @happyface:  I am not even pregnant and I’m hugely afraid of this!!! I’ve already asked my husband that he has to follow the baby if it left the room. I’m ashamed to say I’d probably ask my mom to do so, as she is just as afraid of it! My husband would just laugh it off 🙁 

    Post # 9
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    My dad always jokes they took home the wrong baby from the hospital with me. That was 1988 though… 

    Post # 10
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 1992

    Considering hospitals can get sued big time for this, I’m fairly certain they have security measures in place to prevent switching babies.  I’m not worried about it. 

    Post # 11
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    At the hospital I delivered at, they put 2 bands on (one on the ankle, one on the wrist), it’s unlikely both would fall off at the same time. The baby didn’t leave us, when we went from the delivery room to the recovery room, they moved us at the same time.

    And there was only 1 other baby on the floor. And we had baby room-in with us most of the time, they only time they took him away to the nursery without us was when we asked them to on the last night so we could get some better rest before going home.

    Post # 12
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    Besides the bracelet and anklet, Dirty Delete never left our room.  DS also had the bracelet and ankelet, but he had to go to the nursery several times a day for blood testing; we were the only people in l&d the entire time we were there, though, so I wasn’t concerned. 

    I think it’d be pretty tough, this day in age, to switch babies.  Most hospitals have a lot of protocols in place to prevent this from happening.

    Post # 13
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2011

    At the hospitals I have done clinicals at, they have two bands and a tag on the umbilical stump (the code pink alarm) things that cannot be removed except with a key that only the head nurse who takes the baby down to the car when they leave has. I’m not too worried about it. 

    Post # 14
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @chasesgirl:  That’s high tech!! I work at a hospital and we only have regular hospital bracelets on arms/ankles and the staircase near the nursery requires an id badge to open so no one can snatch a baby and run and the nursery is also locked with a code, other then that there’s little security and if no one was looking, a staff member could fairly easily make off with a baby.

    Post # 15
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2011

    @MrsSawyer:  Yeah, it was a FANCY hospital. The WC ward was locked with a code, all visitors buzzed in and out from the nurses station and all the doors that led out of the ward alarmed. 

    Post # 16
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    It isn’t something I really worry about.  With all of the protection measures in place, this is something that is super crazy unlikely to happen.

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