A NSW hospital is underfire after a recent mixup of two newborn girls.
Gosford Hospital mixed up the indentities of two newborns, after their mothers who shared a hospital room, agreed to their little ones being taken to the nursery while they rested on August 18.
One mum then proceeded to breastfeed baby girl, Ellie, who was returned to her, unknowing that her own daughter actually remained in the hospital nursery.
A midwife broke the news to Ellie’s mother, Stefanie Phillips, who was devastated to discover her newborn had been breastfed by a stranger.
“[I was told] the other mother has breastfed your daughter for two hours and got photos with her … skin-on-skin, did everything I wanted to do with her,” Ms Phillips told Seven News.
“I was very overwhelmed, I had just become a new mum. I didn’t know what to say in that situation,” she said.
North Shore Private confirmed a similar mix up occurred earlier this year at the Sydney hospital.
Not quite sure I would know what to say or do in this situation either. It’s a terrible mixup that should never occur! Certainly makes you think twice about letting your baby out of your sight.
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