Statement: Abbott Northwestern Hospital on Baby Mix-Up

Created: 12/06/2012 4:47 PM KSTP.com By: Leslie Dyste

An Apple Valley woman who gave birth to a baby boy, learned he was switched in the hospital nursery and breastfed by another woman.

The baby's aunt tells KSTP the baby boy, Cody, was taken to the wrong mother, who proceeded to breastfeed him at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

Click here to read the full story and a letter from the hospital.

The hospital released the following statement:

"Yesterday morning at Abbott Northwestern Hospital an infant was taken from the newborn nursery to the wrong room and was briefly breastfed by a woman who is not this infant’s mother. While hospital procedures require staff to match codes on the infant’s and mother’s identification bands in order to prevent incidents like this, it appears these procedures were not followed in this case."

The following statement is from Penny Wheeler, MD, a practicing obstetrician and Chief Clinical Officer of Allina Health, which owns Abbott Northwestern:

“On behalf of Abbott Northwestern, I am very sorry this incident occurred. Providing the best possible patient experience and care quality is our foremost concern and this incident should not have occurred.

As an obstetrician, I have personally seen verification of the infant’s identifying name band matched correctly with the mother’s on hundreds of occasions.

It is extremely unfortunate that was not the case this time. We sincerely apologize to the involved families and will make certain we understand why our procedures were not appropriately followed in this case.”