Nurse Drops Newborn in the Type of Maternity Ward Accident Every Mom Fears

newborn babyIf there's one group of people you should be able to trust with your brand-new baby, it's doctors and nurses. That's why it's so scary to read about a Pennsylvania newborn who is recovering after being accidentally dropped in the hospital nursery.


The 24-hour-old infant was in the care of a 30-year veteran nurse when he reportedly fell from her arms and sustained scary injuries. He has a fractured skull and is wearing a neck brace. The baby was taken to a children's hospital in Pittsburgh, but is expected to be okay.

It's unclear exactly how the accident happened. Police are currently investigating, and the hospital has announced plans to launch their own internal investigation. They also released a statement saying they're committed to doing all they can to prevent future incidents.

At Uniontown Hospital, we are committed to making a healthy difference in every life we touch and when such an unfortunate incident occurs, we take it very seriously and personally. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the child and the family. We are sorry that such a wonderful event has been overshadowed by an unfortunate situation. We are thankful that it appears that this incident did not result in significant injury and we will continue to work to ensure that we do all we can to prevent such incidents from occurring.

In all likelihood, it was an honest mistake and could've happened to anyone, but I'm sure that does little to comfort the infant's parents or any other parents preparing to give birth in a hospital setting. There are already so many things to worry about when a new baby arrives. This seems like one more thing to add to our already overburdened list of fears.

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Letting a brand-new baby out of your sight is already terrifying, but we tend to feel more protected in a hospital setting, especially in the care of nurses who have been doing their jobs for decades. This is an uncomfortable reminder that bad things can happen anywhere, even with professionals who really know what they're doing.

My heart goes out to the parents in this situation and to the poor nurse. I'm sure she feels just awful about what happened. At the end of the day, doctors and nurses really do give us their best, and accidents like this are rare. I hope everyone involved is able to put this unfortunate situation behind them and that the baby's full, happy life is a lot less chaotic than his first 24 hours.

Do you ever worry about doctors and nurses handling your baby?

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