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Poll Results: Were You Able to Bedshare in Hospital with Your Newborn?

 
  • 65% (180)
    I bedshared without any trouble from staff
  • 14% (40)
    I wanted to bedshare and did despite staff disapproval
  • 4% (13)
    I wanted to bedshare and didn't because of staff disapproval
  • 8% (24)
    I bedshared on the sly to avoid any conflicts
  • 1% (4)
    NA-I didn't want to bedshare
  • 4% (13)
    Other
274 Total Votes  
post #101 of 104
From the start DS only slept well on my chest (he's 8 months and STILL sleeps best when he's next to mama) and so that's what we did. The staff never said a word. The day nurse even checked his temp with him on top of me (armpit check)
post #102 of 104
I had no prob bedsharing with DD in the hospital
post #103 of 104
I voted "without any trouble from staff" since no one said anything. I did get couple of dirty looks which I ignored. I was a homebirth transfer though, so I think the nurses knew I wasn't going to do things the "normal" way.
post #104 of 104
I kept baby with me. The nurse came in and explained that "hospital policy us to recomend baby stays in the bassinet. but..." and then they left us alone about it. I had a drug free/ short labor though. If I were recovering from a long, terrible or heavily medicated experience, I might have chosen differently.

I think attitudes vary hugely- depends a lot on where in the country you are, and the individual hospital. I was lucky enough to give birth in a new hospital and very baby friendly town.
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