I'm an RN at a small, pretty alternative hospital birth center and most of our mamas and babies sleep in the labor bed together postpartum. We nurses honor this beautiful practice, and if mothers are heavily medicated after surgery, we do recommend a bedside crib or the baby sleep with dad for obvious safety reasons, but in general we just give pointers on safe co-sleeping and leave it at that. Our manager is concerned that if our "risk management" group catches on, we will be forced to have the babies sleep in cribs like another hospital in our area had to do recently because of a baby fall, resulting in a fractured skull. I've been investigating solutions that can "cover our butt" legally to allow co-sleeping to continue, such as a patient educational handout on safe ways to co-sleep, or a policy, but I'm also afraid this will just call attention to such a controversial topic, even among the medical community. We do VBAC's, waterbirths, and have doulas on staff so our hospital isn't afraid to go outside of the norm with scientific data to back it up, but how do address this issue of co-sleeping is the question I have. What are other hospital birth centers doing, and how are you protecting the right to co-sleep?