Breast Feeding Mix Up
What would you do???
As reported by NyPost.com:
A distraught Brooklyn woman says hospital workers accidentally switched her daughter with another baby just after birth -- and the other mom wound up breast-feeding her child.
Devastated mom Lynda Williams, 33, who said she never smokes or drinks alcohol and wouldn't even sip soda while pregnant, sued Long Island College Hospital after the 2008 incident, demanding to know if the other woman who breast-fed her daughter was healthy.
"I asked, 'Did she smoke during pregnancy? Did she drink? Does she have any disease? Can I meet her?' " Williams told The Post yesterday.
CHANGE-UP: Lynda Williams, at home yesterday, says she was traumatized when nurses switched baby Jalyn (now 3) with another newborn in 2008. But Williams said hospital staffers refused to divulge anything about the other woman because of privacy laws, and the courts have since sided with LICH, noting the child, now 3, is healthy, so it's a nonissue. Read More
I feel sincerely for this mom! The first time nursing a child is so important for bonding and nutrition, and I understand her anguish. The hospital is completely at fault in this instance and should responsible for any and all compensation. However, the other mom is an innocent party to the whole situation and I think her demands to meet her is unreasonable. She DOES have a right to know what kind of health the mom as in at the time.
What do you think??
In other news:
A midwife in her area was charged with involuntary manslaughter of a baby who died during a complicated home birth.
Karen Carr, a Baltimore midwife who has delivered more than 1,200 babies and is well known in the childbirth community, was indicted on a charge of involuntary manslaughter, as well as charges of child abuse, neglect and acting without a license. She was indicted by a grand jury last week on an additional charge of negligently allowing a child’s life to be endangered. Read More
If you wish to support Karen Carr during this time, her website is accepting donations for her legal defense. You can also blog and post the link on your blog. A death of a child is a horrible thing whether you have a planned home birth or a hospital birth. My prayers are with the family of the child and Karen.
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