Originally Posted by wlcook
Crouse Hospital requiring mothers to sign anti co-sleeping form!HERE is the form that they are requiring mothers to sign!
If you find this as outrageous as I do, feel free to send a letter. I would love to organize a mass mailing:
Kienzle Family Maternity Center
736 Irving Avenue
Syracuse, N.Y. 13210
Kienzle Family Maternity Center (315) 470-7753
Posted by Wendy
of Mother Rising
are they asking postpartum moms to sign it, or do they just mean when sick babies (like with IV's, O2, etc), are hospitalized? either way it sucks, but if they're including healthy newborns, then they're really showing it as an attempt to indoctrinate people by intimidation into the "de-tatchment parenting" philosophy (which the "fact" sheet is). it probably also comes from their risk management department trying to pre-establish blame, now that the anti-cosleeping forces (CPSC, crib/formula manufacturers) have gone on the offense with their "research"/press releases/campaign of fear. they'll try to criminalize it next; make it a child abuse issue like they have extended bfing. if i get even more suspicious, i'd wonder if it's coming directly from formula marketers to hospital policy makers to try to derail bf'ing, just like when they provide architects to hospitals, who then design nurseries that are huge (waiting to be filled with de-tached babies) and far away from moms' rooms.
my (then) 3mos old was hospitalized with pneumonia, had IV and O2, and i was told i could
cosleep with her at children's hopital in oakland, CA. i kind of implied that i wouldn't admit her if they said no, and i'm 40ish, white, have good insurance, and i'm a physical therapist in a hospital, which makes a difference: more respect and deference instead of attempts to intimidate (unlike my 23yo friend with orange hair and mediCAL, who got no respect at the same hospital).
[i'm not kidding about the difference: new people (MDs/nurses) would come in to the room and say "so i hear you're a nurse..." which shows how it went thru the grapevine/got mentioned in report because hospital workers know they can't bulls*** a peer. and warn each other to be careful. i often get these types of warnings at my hospital. lawyers get treated well, too, and close relatives of lawyers, so if someone you love gets hospitalized, try to slip it in to staff that there's a lawyer in the family, eg "my sister will be here to see mom later, she's tied up in court right now." malpractice fear can be used to your advantage if you don't mind lying to get treated better. sorry to digress so far, but this thread had digressed to what hospitals are trying to get away with].
even so, when we got to the room, it turned out the only place for me to sleep was one of those chair pullouts, which was not
a safe cosleeping spot: too skinny between the armrests; i kept squishing and disturbing her. i ended up moving her into the cage/crib, and nursing her to sleep there. at least it was big enough, i fit in there ok since the siderail went all the way down and i could curl up with my butt sticking out the side. the nurses knew, but said nothing (although earlier they had told dh not to sit on it like a couch, citing weight restrictions, while i was holding dd2). to get any sleep myself, though, i had to leave her alone up there, which was horrible. she was so little and sick, and had been born at home and always coslept.
well, i just noticed the responses made since i started this reply (hunt and peck/oht/nak/serving breakfast...). clearly this is their newborn policy. i just wish people knew they don't have to obey this stuff. in my hospital some long term patients (wound care and such) have been known to sell drugs, shoot heroin etc., and they still
don't get kicked out!. people are way too obedient of medical personnel, and medical personnel don't know how/want to keep their non-medical opinions to themselves. how and where to sleep is not a medical issue, it's a parenting issue.