Plan for “Record-Setting Bedsharing Deaths”? Same Old Thing (And It Doesn’t Work)

Copyright: Kirill Federspiel

Texas is on pace for a record number of “bedsharing” deaths this year: The record is 174 (in 2011) and this year so far they are already at 172.  Officials have launched a $100,000 campaign to curb these deaths by – you guessed it – telling parents how dangerous it is to bedshare ever.  A spokesperson for the state’s Child Protective Services said, “A lot of people don't … [Read more...]

Does Bedsharing Increase the Risk of Death for Younger Infants?

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A new study out of Pediatrics[1] has the media once again proclaiming that bedsharing is unsafe, particularly in the 0-3 month age range.  The study, which utilized data from the National Centre for Review and Prevention of Child Death Case Reporting System, examined details pertaining to over 8000 deaths in the period of 2004-2012.  Although the sheer number of deaths examined … [Read more...]

A Response to Gina Ford’s “Golden Rules”

Source: The Daily Mail

The following was printed in an article in the Daily Mail when discussing how one UK politician decided to take on Gina Ford, claiming her methods were “absolute nonsense”: Given Ms. Ford hasn’t taken the Daily Mail to task and this fits with what I have read more generally on her methods (albeit in earlier books), so I can only imagine she finds this a good (or at least … [Read more...]

Bedsharing: Risks and Realities

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If you mention “bedsharing” to many nurses or doctors or even other parents, they will often tell you exactly how dangerous it is.  Haven’t you heard that it’s pretty much tantamount to trying to kill your child?  I’ve had people comment on other pages they think parents should be charged for bedsharing.  They really believe it’s that dangerous. With last year’s Carpenter et … [Read more...]

What Children Don’t “Need” Can Still Help Them

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By Tracy Cassels “Your baby is now old enough that s/he doesn’t need to feed during the night.” “Your child doesn’t need to sleep in your room or in your bed.” “Your baby doesn’t need to be held this much.” “Your child doesn’t need to still be breastfeeding.” Sound familiar?  In today’s society parents are often given the unsolicited advice about what their child “doesn’t … [Read more...]

Homebirth: A “Narcissistic” Choice?

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By Tracy G. Cassels I came across this interesting discussion on Facebook the other day (be warned, it’s long so make sure you have time to read it all if interested, which I believe many of you will be).  What struck me most about it was the idea that, for some, to birth at home is a “narcissistic” choice.  (I take issue with the term itself as I don’t believe the choice is … [Read more...]

Bedsharing Siblings: Part 4

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Welcome to Part Four of Bedsharing Siblings (you can see Part One here, Part Two here, and Part Three here).  Before we begin, I share the same caveat that all of these families bedshare safely and that although some pictures may seem unsafe, they are with parents standing by and watching over at this moment :)  Enjoy!   … [Read more...]

Bedsharing in Australia: Scare Mongering versus Reality

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By Tracy G. Cassels Many Australians woke this morning to scare mongering about bedsharing thanks to articles in their papers.  Claims that 25 babies died in the parental bed last year have led people to declare that bedsharing should be illegal.  Some people are being investigated for it as it is not seemingly okay to report it to Child Services (I kid you not).  It's hard to … [Read more...]

Bedsharing Siblings: Part 3

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Welcome to Part Three of Bedsharing Siblings (you can see Part One here and Part Two here).  Before we begin, I share the same caveat that all of these families bedshare safely and that although some pictures may seem unsafe, they are with parents standing by and watching over at this moment :)  Enjoy!   … [Read more...]