Bizarre allegation: Baby stolen from womb
Did a young Brazilian woman suffer a ‘phantom pregnancy’ or was her baby daughter snatched during delivery?
In a case straight out of a Lifetime movie, a 19-year-old Brazilian woman, Layane Santos, claims her baby daughter was stolen from her womb.
In her 38th week of pregnancy, Santos was at Santa Casea de Maua hospital in Sao Paulo for a routine check-up, but started to bleed and experience abdominal pain, so she underwent a C-section, reports The Stir.
More from MSN Living: How dogs make our lives better
Despite receiving prenatal care and an ultra-scan that showed a baby girl weighing 7 pounds, doctors at the Brazilian hospital where Santos was treated say the women was never actually pregnant. They claim the pregnancy had been purely psychological – a “phantom pregnancy” or “psychological pregnancy,” reports The Sun.
A psychological pregnancy can occur when a women has an overwhelming desire to have a child, said Sylvia Cavalcanti, from the Brazilian Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics.
"I can’t believe that a child who weighed 7 pounds could just disappear in blood. I think they stole the baby, or the baby died while she was being delivered, and they didn’t want to tell us what happened,” Santos told The Sun.
More from MSN Living: 15 amazing, inspiring baby nurseries
According to Psychology Today, the condition known as pseudocyesis, causes the brain to trick the body into mimicking pregnancy symptoms like lactation and cessation in menstruation. Doctors believe it develops when a woman obsesses over pregnancy out of desire or fear; the disorder occurs in 1 to 6 of every 22,000 pregnancies.
There are many unanswered questions surrounding Santos’ baby, but whatever happened, it’s a heart-breaking scenario. What do you think happened?
Photo: Woman claims baby stolen from hospital / Image Source/Getty Images
News, stories, tips and laughs for moms & dads
You're cold-hearted? We'll take care of that for you...read on.
This kid despises poetry and he's not afraid to let you know.
I used to be one of those moms who thought, 'who on earth would bring their child to an event like that?' and then I had a son. Here's why you might become a convert, too.
Take a look at your house for these telltale signs that a cat is running the show.
Check out this list of requirements you should meet before getting a new puppy or adult dog.
Virtually everything you need to know about relationships, you learned in nursery school: Treat people as you want to be treated, clean up after yourself, and don’t be a know-it-all.
Here are our experts' best tips for how to be a positive role model for your kids so that they grow up healthy, strong and confident about the way they look.
Can you relate?
Much like their famous owners, these pooches live a fabulous life. Some are rescues, others purebred, but one thing is certain – these dogs play an important part in their famous parents' lives. Can you guess who owns each of these dogs?
We captured a frame-by-frame look just for you.
Two controversial science projects resembled weapons, school officials said.
Make the most of the summer with these family-oriented activities!