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Study links factors to choice of infant sleep position

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health have identified three principal factors linked to whether caregivers place infants to sleep on their backs. Those three factors are: whether they received a physician's recommendation to place infants only on their backs for sleep, fear that the infant might choke while sleeping on the back, and concerns for an infant's comfort while sleeping on the back.

A large body of research has shown that placing infants on their backs to sleep reduces the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), the leading cause of death during the first year of life in the United States.

"Placing infants on their backs for sleep remains the single most effective means we know to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome," said Marian Willinger, Ph.D., Special Assistant for SIDS research at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), which funded the analysis. "For the vast majority of infants, concerns about choking while back sleeping are unfounded."

Dr. Willinger noted that certain conditions might prompt a physician to consider recommending against back placement. However, such recommendations are arrived at only after careful deliberation and after taking into account all the potential risks and benefits for the infant involved.

The survey also found that after increasing steadily, the proportion of infants placed to sleep on their backs leveled off in the years since 2001.

The study appears in the December issue of Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. Its lead author is Eve R. Colson, M.D., of Yale University School of Medicine.

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Camping with your Baby? - Choosing a location

Thursday, May 21, 2009

So getting outdoors used to be one your favorite pass times. But now shouldering your backpack has been replaced by shouldering your baby carrier. Never fear! Getting back outdoors and introducing your baby to it is not as complicated as you might think. You might not be the minimalist packer that you once were, but just add a few things to your packing list and you’ll be back outside.

Since camping season is getting close, over the coming weekw we will be posting ideas for camping with your baby under the following categories:
  • Choosing Location
  • Dressing Baby
  • Around Camp
  • Sleeping
  • Feeding
  • Packing
  • Tips and Tricks
Please feel free to add your own comments and experiences!

Choosing Locations

Start off choosing a familiar campsite not too far from home. Trying a practice trip in your back yard lets your baby get used to sleeping in a tent while allowing you to make sure your trip list is complete. As well, aim for a trip in the spring or fall when temperatures are cooler. It is easier to add clothing layers then to try to cool down your baby.

Baby's Sleep, Mother's Mood

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

I recently ran across an article in the ScienceDaily (Sep. 5, 2008)

Here is an excerpt from the article and the link to read the full article

"Chronic sleep deprivation is associated with an elevated risk for depression in everybody, at all stages of life, but in new moms, because of the hormonal changes and the need to recover from the pregnancy and birth, sleep deprivation can really be a problem," says Armitage, a professor of psychiatry at the U-M Medical School. "It can interfere with the social rhythms that are important for keeping the circadian clock in the brain in sync, it can minimize the amount of energy moms have to care for their infants, and it can contribute to the development of depression."

Visit us at Birthfest 2009!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Come by our booth and say hello!

We are excited to be back again at Birthfest, an event featuring locally-made products and local services. A great event for the whole family!

Date: March 14, 10-3
Location: Britannia Community Center off of Commercial Dr. (Vancouver, BC)

For more information visit: http://www.pomegranate-midwives.com/birthlounge.html