“Conclusions Bed sharing for sleep when the parents do not smoke or take alcohol or drugs increases the risk of SIDS. Risks associated with bed sharing are greatly increased when combined with parental smoking, maternal alcohol consumption and/or drug use. A substantial reduction of SIDS rates could be achieved if parents avoided bed sharing.”
A more reader-friendly summary (i.e. with less medical jargon than the BMJ article!) can also be found on the BBC News website.
Will this new study affect your current or future choices with regards to your baby’s sleeping arrangement?
It’s been reported in the UK press today that NICE has recommended that all pregnant women be given a carbon monoxide test to check if they are smokers. The idea being that those testing positive would be pointed in the direction of NHS smoking cessation advice.
The Royal College of Midwives thinks that this will damage the relationship between mums-to-be and their midwife.
Surely if you smoke then you probably already know where to find cessation advice (if you want it), or can simply ASK?
Midwives already ask mums-to-be if they smoke. Implying that they cannot be trusted by then performing a carbon monoxide test designed to catch themout can’t possibly do much for the mum-to-be / midwife bond?
I’m not sure what the cost of the test / testing devices would be, but it is really a necessary expense for the NHS?
I’ve switched to using the Facebook comments plugin, so you’ll now see that box at the bottom of each test page. As well as using your Facebook account, you can also login through Yahoo, AOL and Hotmail – with more ways to login being added by Facebook soon.
Hopefully this will streamline the commenting function a bit more and allow for easier interaction!
I was reading a great birthing story online earlier, in which the mum happened to mention that this child, along with all her other children, had been born on a full moon.
Funnily enough, both of my children were also born on a full moon. And I definitely recall there always being references to ‘full moons’ on pregnancy forums and the fact that a flurry of births would accompany them!
This article suggests it’s connected to the moon’s effect on tides (our bodies are largely made up of water, after all) whereas this article shows arguments AGAINST the lunar effect on labour and birth.
So, time for a survey! Look up your month and year of birth here or here and check the moon phase.
For the sake of this survey, we’ll agree that if you were born on any of the FIVE days in each moon cycle that are at least 95% full (so, that’s the 100% full moon day and two days either side of it), then you were born on a full moon.
You can vote more than once (just refresh the page) so why not add in your children, parents, siblings etc. too!
Were you (or your child, parent, sibling etc.) born on a full moon?
Yes, born on or within 2 days of a full moon0%
No, but labour began on or within two days of a full moon0%