Minnesota hospital brings newborn to wrong mother, baby breast fed by unfamiliar teat

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The baby's first post-birth nourishment came from an unexpected source.
What if the mother hadn't realized the hospital's mistake?

A newborn baby born at the Virginia Regional Medical Center a few weeks ago was brought to the wrong mother, who breast fed her for a few minutes before the error was identified.

In other words, the baby's first nourishment came from the teat of an unfamiliar woman who thought she was the was newborn's real mother.

According to the Mesabi Daily News, the hospital's mistake involved both procedural and human error. Virginia Regional uses an ID card system to match newborns with the appropriate mother, but this particular baby momma, for whatever reason, had her room changed after giving birth, and the switch wasn't noted on the baby's card.
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Could the hospital's mix-up result in the baby developing some as-of-yet-unknown Freudian complex? In light of wet nursing, probably not.

A nurse was also supposed to double check both the newborn's and the mother's bracelets to make sure they matched, but failed to do so in this case.

So the newborn was brought to the wrong mother, who then proceeded to breast feed the infant for a few minutes before the mistake was identified. The baby's father was apparently so irate he took to Facebook to vent about the mistake, but Virginia Regional CEO Bill Smith told the Daily News that the father has "done some soul searching and dropped the whole issue."

Smith said the hospital is in the process of installing a digital baby-mother matching system that will hopefully prevent a mix-up like this from ever happening again.

"We apologized to both families. We have done the best we can do," Smith said.


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9 comments
West
West

"Teat"? Seriously? How old are you?

Youngsjess
Youngsjess

Imagine the therapy Aaron Rupar's going to require if he ever googles wet nursing.......what a moron.

demlova
demlova

VERY TACKY HEADLINE!! TACKY TACKY TACKY!Must have been a slow news day.

Cheri
Cheri

How is this traumatizing to the baby?  S/he will never remember it.  

carlton
carlton

I thought I was on The Onion for a second.

M Bachmannn
M Bachmannn

Rupar is an immature sexist! Worse he isn't that smart. You'd think the hospital sent the baby home with the wrong mother.

Aaron Rupar grow up!

effeminate dad
effeminate dad

The child's first imprint of "mother" is not its own mother. It could be a huge detriment.

Footnotegirl
Footnotegirl

 That's a crock. For centuries mothers used wet nurses and somehow the human race managed to get along just fine. Baby humans are NOT baby birds, or else adopted children would never be well adjusted and happy.

effeminate dad
effeminate dad

I know about wet nurses, they have a time and a place. Children's first imprints are detrimental to development. Child is generally held and fed by mother as its first act of life. If child is immediately exposed to a "false mother" any manner of family disconnection could ensue. Science also tells us water birthing is far less strenuous and traumatizing on child.

Try researching child development using resources from post 1974.

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