“What would do if your two-year-old child was not actually yours because there was a mix up at the hospital?”
That’s a hypothetical question which has been doing the rounds on TikTok over the last few weeks, and to be honest, it’s pretty much impossible to imagine what you would think or do.
Except for one woman, who almost didn’t have to imagine, after she had her babies swapped not once, but twice, after giving birth in hospital.
TikToker Becky Martin claims hospital staff tried to hand over the wrong baby to her on two separate occasions when she was recovering in hospital from the births of her first two children.
“So I actually have had my babies switched by the hospital. Not once, but twice. Now it didn’t get to the point with one of them being two years old. It was immediately noticed and corrected, but still,” she explained.
“With my first, they wheeled in a baby boy and they were like… we fed your baby for you, and I was like… I’m breastfeeding? And they were like… oh sorry, wrong baby.”
Becky went on to say: “With my second, they wheeled in a baby girl and they were like… here’s your daughter, and we were like… she’s already in the room with us.” Oops.
So, you can appreciate that when it came to her third child, under no circumstances was she going to let that baby out of her sight, even when it came to doctors visits.
“Of course, they fought us on it. The charge nurse came in and said [they] had to take that baby out to do testing. I said… well, you can either do it in my room or I’ll accompany you to the lab, or we’ll do it or we’ll do it at his first doctor’s appointment,” she continued, adding that the doctor joked: ‘That’s right Becky, we’re all trying to steal your baby.’
“Hey, once is an accident, twice is a pattern,” she concluded. “If you ever wonder what pushes a woman to become an advocate of homebirth, that’s one of many reasons.”