A Queensland mother has made shocking claims that her newborn baby was taken away against her will after giving birth.
The hospital allegedly decided to remove the baby from the mother until she returned a negative COVID-19 PCR test.
Caboolture Hospital launched an investigation into the accusations from 36-year-old Aleasha Pique.
An already embattled Queensland hospital is investigating shock claims by a mother that her hours-old baby was taken from her against her will and she was told she wouldn’t see him again until she returned a negative PCR test. https://t.co/KGUHHlaA6q
— The Courier-Mail (@couriermail) January 21, 2022
So we are now ripping away newborns from their Mums in the name of COVID? COVID made the Queensland Government lose its mind and it's morals.https://t.co/otn8JP5VVn
— Anti-Socialist Matt Canavan (@mattjcan) January 21, 2022
The Courier Mail reported:
Ms Pique, who is fully vaccinated and exclusively breastfeeding, said the hospital’s nurses were even shocked when her baby boy Remy was taken away after she revealed her teenage daughter was a casual contact of a confirmed Covid case.
She spent hours in limbo in what she says was the “longest day of my life” before the negative result came back and Remy – born three weeks ago – was returned to her arms.
Queensland Health’s policy is “to make all efforts to keep mother and baby together even if the mother has Covid”, but Ms Pique said that was not her experience.
“Everything about Remy’s arrival was destroyed by a decision made by the Covid team at the hospital. They declared that he needed to be separated from me,” she said.
“Even the nurses were horrified. One said to me ‘I’m so sorry, I’m ashamed to work here. This kind of thing should only happen in movies’.
“I begged for a Rapid Antigen Test but they said no. When the staff wheeled Remy out of my room I sobbed and asked how long it would be before the test results would arrive and they said they had a backlog and it could take days.”
Ms Pique, a mother of two, said she pleaded that she was breastfeeding and “they simply said we will feed him”.
“What kind of hospital removes a newborn baby from a breastfeeding mum, leaving her unsure of when she would see the child again?,” she said.
“Having a baby is already a very emotional time and this really has broken me.
“My GP has told me to see a psychologist as it has made me scared to leave Remy for a moment.”
This is absolutely horrible. Caboolture Hospital takes a newborn away from the birth mother until she receives a negative PCR covid test because she revealed her daughter was a close contact of a covid positive person. I hope this is under investigation. https://t.co/r2fmuvXnx3
— Daile Kelleher (@DaileKelleher) January 22, 2022
Pique added that she still wonders the hospital’s next move had she tested positive for COVID-19. She noted her fear of her newborn baby kept away from her for a full isolation period.
Caboolture Hospital has faced recent scrutiny for reported botched surgeries, toxic workplace environment, and poor leadership.
The traumatic experience described by Pique has shocked others and caused the embattled hospital to come under fire again.
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