Mum breast-fed wrong baby in blunder

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A NEW mum breast-fed another woman’s baby after blundering hospital staff gave her the wrong child, a hearing was told.

Midwife Jill Ashmore tried to persuade a student to keep quiet about the mistake after an inquiry was mounted at Bassetlaw Hospital, Worksop, it is claimed.

The babies were switched hours after they were born in November, 2007, when they were taken away to be cared for while the mothers rested, the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard.

When the mix up was noticed, Ashmore failed to record it, before trying to convince a student midwife not to ‘drop anybody in it’. She also told Mother A her baby had not been fed, when it had been fed by the other mum.

David Clarke, for the NMC, said: “Two babies were born during the afternoon. Overnight both were having some trouble settling and were taken from their mothers, with the agreement of the mothers.

“There was a mistake on their return: Baby B was returned to the Mother A, and Baby A was given to Mother B.”

The blunder was reported and investigated by the hospital, at which point Ashmore allegedly told student midwife Claire Newton-Jones to cover up the blunder.

Ashmore admits she failed to record the error in the mothers’ notes and failed to inform anyone at the time of the changeover of one shift to another.

She denies misconduct, but if found guilty could be struck off.

The hearing continues.