Dear Mother Community,
I was a very active poster and reader about ten to eleven years ago. Our dd is now almost 11 and in 5th grade at a Waldorf School here in Seattle. She is one of the healthiest children I know - bright, intelligent, outgoing, athletic, emotionally balanced (with a bit of spice and fire at times). She has fluency in Chinese and English (speaking, writing, and reading), and is also studying Japanese and Spanish, playing violin.
Background - we attempted a home breech birth but ended up in the hospital with a cesarean. (Mom is doing fine). Our midwife was strung up on the medical cross and forced to leave the country (despite our being in the Dept. of Health court for 5 days testifying in her defense).
We practiced attachment parenting, infant wearing, co-sleeping, breast feeding until age three, diaper free toileting, and no vaccinations, no TV - some movies, and we have no plan to buy her a cell phone or a computer anytime soon - though she does use the computer to watch Chinese movies and order books from the public library. She uses a Kindle Paperwhite (no internet connectivity) - so we aren't complete luddites.
Still, I am gravely concerned about my daughter's future based on threats to the ecosystem...but perhaps I'll save that for another post. Now to my question:
I am taking a Developmental Psychology class and read that SIDS is linked with co-sleeping. I remember reading about this when I researched co-sleeping, but thought that the more complete story was that the co-sleeping link was only statistically relevant when other factors were present such as obesity, alcoholism and drug use in parents, cigarette smoking, etc. Did I miss something? I do remember that Mothering ran articles encouraging co-sleeping.
Thanks for the reality check and good to be back!