A couple was told after a sonogram at 20 weeks into pregnancy that they were having a baby girl. But they got a shock when they found out after the baby was born that the sonogram prediction of the sex of their baby was mistaken.
After the ultrasound conducted in October, the couple, Kyle and Danielle Williams, from Belleville in Michigan, picked a girl’s name, Charlee, for their new baby, and prepared a room with pink colors.
But they were shocked when a healthy boy was delivered on March 2.
Danielle delivered the baby by C-Section after she was in labor for more than 20 hours. Kyle said he was shocked when he first saw that the baby was a boy, but he did not tell his wife until the doctor announced it.
“I had been up for 24 hours and I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me. When the doctor poked his head up and finally announced it was a boy, she thought it was a joke.”
The couple got over the shock quickly and came to terms with the mistaken prediction of gender. They quickly changed the baby’s name from Charlee to Bentley Thomas Williams and decided to film the reaction of the rest of the family when they broke the news to them.
They uploaded the video to YouTube.
In the first scene, the couple asked one of the baby’s grandmothers to change the baby’s diaper. She was left speechless when she looked at the baby’s naked body.
She stared down at the baby, her mouth wide open – It’s not a girl, it’s a boy!
She said, “Well child welcome to the world… I can’t believe it!”
According to the Williams, the grandmother said her first thought was that the parents might have been given the wrong child.
The baby’s second grandmother also could not believe her eyes when she found out that the baby was a boy and not a girl. She said in disbelief, “It’s a boy? You guys are not joking?” The baby’s big sister, two-year-old Peyton, also seemed confused about her sibling’s gender transformation. According to ABC News, Peyton claimed the “unused” girl’s name Charlee for her doll.
Danielle also told her sister over Skype that the baby was a boy. She cried with a hand over her mouth, “Are you kidding! Oh my God! Oh my goodness! Yey!”
According to the Williams, “Getting to break the shocking news to our families was priceless.”
But the Williams said that apart from the extra cost of “de-pinking” the room, they are happy about the outcome.
An expert, Dr. Lisa Masterson, told the Daily Mail that errors in determining a baby’s sex through sonograms were more common than realized.
“There are multiple things that factor into the accuracy of the ultrasound. The fluid that’s around the baby, because there’s less fluid then everything is kind of squished up and you can’t delineate all the borders. The position of the baby. If the legs are crossed and you can’t really see if there’s a penis or not.”
However, another expert Dr. Laura Corio, at the Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York, told ABC News that such errors are rare. Studies also show that they are even rarer after 13 weeks.
But according to Corio, “The point of the sonogram at about 20 weeks is to check for the important stuff like brain development and the chambers of the heart. Sex is impossible to confirm without a test like an amniocentesis that looks at chromosomes.”
ABC News reports that the baby’s big sister Peyton, is one of the few cases in North America of a rare blood disorder called Diamond-Blackfan Anemia.
The family has a non-profit foundation that raises money for research and campaigns to promote awareness about the condition.