How sad and horrible and not the co-sleeping news we need.
Proud mama to three bouncing unschooled boys:, Ian5/02, Connor9/04, and Andrew1/08!:::: Milk Donors!
sigh. Sad story and my heart goes out to those families.
Charlie 4 yrs old, Harry 2 yrs old & someone new March 8, 2010!
Dirt worshiping, creatress Mama to Rowan and Alden - home birth loving, no circ, no vax, extended breast feeding, cloth diapering, baby wearing, cosleeping
"Maine's Chief Medical Examiner, Dr. Margaret Greenwald, said the numbers indicated there were 30 babies who died suddenly and unexpectedly in Maine between 2001 and the end of 2006. All had been bed-sharing with an adult." http://kennebecjournal.mainetoday.co...l/6975940.html
This is the comment I made on the story: "So sad! I wish that since the author decided to report on these tragedies, that he also provided details or information about the sleeping situations. Cosleeping is usually very safe, and actually sleeping next to a baby (on the same sleep surface or separate ones) has many, many benefits for mother and baby. For safe sleeping guidelines for cosleeping and cribs, I recommend this website: http://www.askdrsears.com/html/7/t070600.asp#. For detailed information about cosleeping/bedsharing, I like this article: http://www.nd.edu/~jmckenn1/lab/arti...should%20n.pdf. More information on bedsharing/cosleeping: http://www.nd.edu/~jmckenn1/lab/faq.html. I think this is a very complex issue, and unfortunately, it seems to me that newspaper articles like this one are completely unhelpful."
You may also want to check out the mothering.com sleep section, http://www.mothering.com/sleep, especially the free webinar.
IMHO, the thing is, most of us sleep with a baby/child at some point. I think the safest situations are when a family has planned to cosleep/bedshare and has made careful choices for safety. Safety around the bed, coverings/blankets, and drugs/alcohol are all important issues to be aware of. Smoking, breastfeeding, room temperature and I'm sure other things can come into play as well. When I teach childbirth classes, I always hand out crib and cosleeping safety info because so many people say, "oh, I'd never cosleep" and then it just ends up happening sometimes, a little bit or a lot. I think unplanned cosleeping is much more likely to be unsafe, esp if someone has been drinking, or has heavy blankets etc. & etc. I think there's a continuum of safety.
I also think it's important to realize that cosleeping may in fact have protective, beneficial effects for babies - and benefits for moms/families as well. Lots of info in the above links to tell concerned friends/family!