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Wonder if any of you out there have been specifically prohibited from co-sleeping by healthcare providers and how you responded. We co-sleep AMA w/ our now 7 month old who had a couple blue spells the first week of her life which landed us in the hospital for a week. Of course we've kept this a secret from our peds and the specialists we've seen for follow up. But now that I've read the Sears SIDS Prevention book, and given the obvious positive results (Talia is THRIVING!), I'm feeling more courageous. And I wish now that I could have had the balls while in the hospital to request an adult hospital bed for us while we were there (in leiu of the infant cage they had her in). After all, I was 2 days pp upon admission!
 

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The information on this is just so confusing... but I think that babies who cosleep have a LOWER risk of SIDS. They run a greater risk of being rolled over on, but not of the mysterious SIDS. If your baby has apneic spells, I think it would be safer to have her in bed with you than in another room where you couldn't see what was going on!<br><br>
This may be inaccurate, but it is my interpretation of the most current research. So glad that cosleeping is working for you! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I don't see a problem with keeping it secret. You know its safe and honestly where she sleeps is not a medical issue IMO. Its a parenting issue. But if you do plan to educate them, i'd get a copy of the Mothering mag on cosleeping, and show them the info from that book. Good luck! (And after hearing about your dealings with the hospital, my feeling is that they would have probably told you that you were crazy for wanting an adult bed and wouldnt have let you have one anyway. so no need to feel bad for never doing that!)
 

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Jackson's mama--Given the positive effects of co-sleeping (regulating breathing and temperature, and being right there just in case, helping maintain the biological connection and hence sleep pattern correlation etc. between mother and child...) I think you're right about SIDS risk being lower for co-sleepers so long as safety issues are taken into consideration (removing fluffy bedding, keeping pillows from baby's face, avoiding roll offs, not letting big brother sleep right next to her since he's not biologically tuned it like I am, staying off of drugs, alcohol and sleepifying meds...). If this weren't my belief, I wouldn't be doing it. I also think co-sleeping serves as a form of child abuse prevention when it makes it more possible for mom to get enough sleep. (Though I've had some friends who just can't get enough sleep when sleeping w/ baby. Then I guess the opposite would be the case.)<br><br>
kellyr2, I guess I don't want to feel like I have to "keep it a secret" anymore because I want peds to know this is a good thing so they stop telling other mothers not to do it! It's the educator in me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
As I read your responses, I realized that everyone who co-sleeps is doing so AMA, just not so blantantly AMA as having had a hospital nurse include NOT co-sleeping in her SIDS prevention lecture as part of the CPR training we recieved before discharge from the hospital.
 

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I can totally relate to the "educator" in you about wanting to educate your ped or others in the medical establishment about the safety of co-sleeping... I educated my ped on some vaccination issues that she seemed completely unaware of... (the risks of certain vaccines)... luckily, she was open to hearing about the research I had done and did not pressure me when I told her we were delaying vaccinations for our daughter. (I have not yet had the conversation about how delayed we intend to be...).
 
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