Moms Discover Their Babies Were Mixed Up at Birth During a Crazy, Chance Meeting

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Have you ever had the sneaking suspicion that your baby ... isn't really yours? Ordinarily, a feeling like that would be a case for seeing your doctor and asking about postpartum depression, but in the case of 37-year-old Maria Lorena Gerbeno, her odd feeling that something was off with her baby turned out to be the best feeling she could ever have had. It turns out there is something to be said about a mother's intuition -- even if her intuition is telling her that ... the baby isn't hers!

Gerbeno, a mom of three and lawyer in San Juan, Argentina, gave birth to a baby girl on September 30. The baby was healthy, but Gerbeno couldn't shake the feeling that something was strange about her. For one, Gerbeno had given birth by Caesarean section and was told afterward that her daughter weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces.

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But when her baby was handed to her later, she was told the newborn weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces, and they said something about a breech birth. Gerbeno told a local news station:

I told them that could not be but they said I must have misunderstood. I never got any answers.

A little confusion about weight and type of birth isn't exactly going to make a new mom leave her baby at the hospital though, so Gerbeno packed up her newborn and left.

Three weeks later, Gerbeno took her daughter to a clinic to get a check-up. There, she ran into another new mom, Veronica Tejada. As new moms will do, they began chatting and comparing notes, and soon realized that their babies each weighed what they had been originally told their babies weighed.

That set off more alarm bells in Gerbeno, who lodged a complaint and demanded a DNA test. Sure enough, it turned out the little girls were each with the wrong mother!

What are the odds the two moms would run into each other like that? What are the odds they would compare weights?

These two could have easily ended up raising babies that didn't belong to them.

Both moms are considering legal action against the hospital, but on the whole, no harm was done, as each mom feels confident that her baby was taken care of. Says Gerbeno:

I spent three weeks with a baby that was not my daughter, but I gave her all my love and knew that the other mom would do the same.

Not the way you want to spend the first weeks of your infant's life with your actual infant, but it could have been a lot worse. Let this be a lesson to all moms, though. If your instincts are telling you something, listen to them. Check it out. Demand answers. And don't give up.

Have you ever had a strange feeling about your child that turned out to be true? Would you sue if you were these moms?


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nonmember avatar tera

i dont know if i would sue over it but i would make a hell of alot of noise about it and ask fir the jobs of the staff who dismissed her questions without at least looking into it. what good will suing do? it wont bring back the 3 weeks but i dont know because i have never been there.

aeneva aeneva

Being that at least the one mom did question it when they brought her the baby and they blew her off I would DEFINITELY sue the hospital.  What happened to wearing the bracelets and what not so this did not happen?  I had a hosptial bracelet slapped on me when I went into the hospital and it had a tiny one attached with a matching number.  That tiny one was removed from my wriste and put on my kids before they umbilical cords were even cut.  Any time the child left my side the nurses compared those numbers before giving me my child back.

ktobin2 ktobin2

I'd sue. On a side note, these women will probably remain friends and their daughters will grow up as best friends (sisters even).

nonmember avatar FarmersWife

What a kind and perfect ending to such an insane story. What wonderful mothers.

sweet... sweetaspie630

They need to sue to prevent this from happening to anyone else at that hospital.

nonmember avatar Kerrie Roe

Wow .. unbelievable! I can definitely see how this happened, but not how it ended up initially! Like aeneva ^^ said, they compare your bracelet numbers .. I shit you not, the nurse brought me the wrong baby boy back from circumcision! I was 20, he was my first, and I would have no had idea had the nurse not checked our numbers at last minute! She almost didn't! I could have been breastfeeding someone else's newborn LOL ..

nonmember avatar Kerrie Roe

I wonder how many infants were actually switched at birth but to this day the parents don't even know!! Sad but apparently very possible ..

eem8605 eem8605

I read stories about this so much so that I packed unusual different hats and made my baby unique. They want hats on the babies heads in the hospital anyways. The only time he left my sight/room was when he was circumsized, but they checked my arm band, my husbands, and my sons to make sure all numbers and the name matched. 

Mrseoc Mrseoc

So what.. did they trade babies at the doctors office or something? How would u feel about trading a baby you raised for 3 weeks with one that was supposed to be yours to begin with?

TheLa... TheLadyAmalthea

At the hospital I gave birth in both times, we had bracelets with barcodes and numbers. As soon as the baby was cleaned off the bracelet went on. The bracelet had a magnetic alarm thing that would sound at the nurses station if it was taken off or if it fell off. Every single time I either went to see my baby in the NICU or baby was brought to me, they had to scan the barcodes. The hospital is totally at fault in this. Security should be a top priority when it comes to newborns to prevent this very situation, or at worse when some crazy person steals a baby.

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