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Old 10-14-2009, 05:33 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Anyone catch this story? http://www.mpbn.net/Home/tabid/36/ct...2/Default.aspx

How sad and horrible and not the co-sleeping news we need.

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WMTW Channel 8 had that story online and I was really upset that they only put in the stat for # of deaths in Maine from co-sleeping but neglected to put in crib deaths.

sigh. Sad story and my heart goes out to those families.

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(x posted in the family bed and nighttime parenting) Heard about this today as well...so incredibly sad. My family has been skeptical about our sleeping arrangement from the beginning (Ds slept in his bouncer next to our bed until he was 3mo, he hated the bassinet. Now DS and I share a queen sized bed, floor level, and DH sleeps separately on our queen bed) but now my family is absolutely freaking out. I was nervous to co sleep at first because DS was so little, which is why he slept in the bouncer. Dh is a light sleeper and Ds is a loud nurser, so this is why DS and I sleep in our our bed. I do use a pillow and a blanket, but wrap it around my waist. We have not had any safety issues in the 3 months we have been sharing a bed. AND yet I too am freaking out!!! I can't imagine the pain those parents are feeling!! I guess I feel safer that DS is older than those babes, he is almost 6mo. Is this a false sense of security IYHO?? Please talk me down

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I saw this story too. So, so sad. I found the reporting to be terribly inadequate though, and misleading re: the statistics. Does the reporter mean to imply that ALL unexpected/sudden infant deaths have been bedsharing babies? I don't think that could possibly be true. What category is SIDS placed in? What about suffocation?

"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!

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