Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Outrageous!!! Hospital Discourages Co-Sleeping

Crouse Hospital of Syracuse NY discourages co-sleeping. Attached are the actual documents. To enlarge, click on the image. (this will take you to flickr) then click on the magnifying glass! (You may also download a copy from flickr.)

*Please note the use of the word "Facts"...these are NOT facts, but opinions of the hospital!

If you find this as outrageous as I do, feel free to send a letter. I would love to organize a mass mailing:

Crouse Hospital
Kienzle Family Maternity Center
736 Irving Avenue
Syracuse, N.Y. 13210

Kienzle Family Maternity Center (315) 470-7753

Read Dr. Sears' article on the benefits of co-sleeping by clicking here!

"This generation of mothers labors under [the] dubious pronouncement that babies sleep best in isolation. Every infant knows better. His protest at nocturnal solitude contains the wisdom of millennia." - Thomas Lewis, M.D., A General Theory of Love
Crouse Hospital Anti-Cosleeping Document.
Crouse Anti-cosleeping document part 2

Below is an old photo of my brother when he got pinned under the bottom rail of his crib. By the time my grandfather (Gully) got there to saw him out, he had managed to wiggle free. Crib manufacturers spend a lot of time and money trying to make cribs safer, perhaps they should invest that energy in designing family beds!


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posted by Wendy at 1:58 PM


Anonymous Carla said...

outrageous of course. I couldn't have successfully breastfed any of my children witout co sleeping at some level.. not to mention the psychological benefits for both parents and baby.
But it doesnt surprise me. I was shocked at how difficult it was to find a pediatrician who would even TALK to us here, since we selectively and on a delayed schedule, vaccinate our children.

2:55 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Please feel free to pass this info on, or link to this post, or blog this post.

3:09 PM  
Anonymous Jan Hunt said...

This is so sad. A child who is cared for during the night as well as the day receives constant reassurance of love and support, instead of having to cope with feelings of fear, anger, and abandonment night after night.

Children who have felt safe through the night as well as the day with a loving parent close by become adults who cope better with the inevitable stresses life brings. As John Holt put it so eloquently, having feelings of love and safety in early life, far from "spoiling" a child, is like "money in the bank": a fund of trust, self-esteem and inner security which the child can draw on throughout life's challenges.

(excerpted from my article "Ten Reasons to Sleep Next to Your Child at Night" at

I would be happy to contribute to a mailing to the hospital. Professional medical personnel should know better than to make such an irresponsible and dangerous recommendation to families. The sad part is that the people most affected cannot speak up.

10:11 PM  

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