May 29, 2008

Help with Co-Sleeping, Bed Sharing Survey

This post taken from information on the Great Co-Sleeping Survey Site.

There is a stigma that you all have had to unfairly deal with. At the very least you have had a mother-in-law, family member, friend or even husband, negatively comment on your sleeping arrangement with your child.

That was bad enough.

There is a bigger problem on the horizon however. That very special parenting choice that you had the instinct to make is now being considered “NEGLECT” by public health officials and may someday be illegal. There is something that YOU can do about it. The kind efforts and commitment to your child may have originally just been a personal experience. One you might have wanted, or needed to keep private. You may have been LUCKY enough to be able to tell everyone you wanted to about co-sleeping and bed-sharing’s wonderful effects on your child. Either way, that choice needs to become a part of something bigger now, and can no longer go unnoticed. Your co-sleeping experience, united with others, can change the public course of co-sleeping discrimination. Your choice needs to be counted!

Now is your chance to show the world that Safe co-sleeping and bed-sharing is safe. Click here to take our survey. This number will give solace and choice to women who respond to this very basic parenting instinct, like you have.

Interestingly enough, much of the organized negativity comes from crib manufacturers. They are probably scorned about your original choice not to use their product. Some people are saying that co-sleeping and bed-sharing causes SIDS. SIDS organizations are endorsing media that intends to confuse SIDS deaths with co-sleeping/bed-sharing.

Why are SIDS organizations expanding their mission statements to include “all infant deaths”? The purpose of a SIDS organization should be to support those who have been affected by SIDS. They should embrace the common factors found in properly diagnosed SIDS deaths, champion the scientific efforts to end SIDS, and tirelessly be working to put themselves out of business. They should stay away from co-sleeping where SIDS does not happen. Co-sleeping deaths are due to positional and accidental asphyxiation, not SIDS.

By answering this short survey you can help give respect and recognition to yourself and the many families who co-sleep safely. Click here to take our survey, and please visit the Co-Sleeping In The News section regularly for updates.

We believe that some parenting choices, like bed-sharing or co-sleeping, can mean big things to a lot of different people. One thing is guaranteed, your children will love you for it. Everyone else in your life will fall into one of two groups. One group will support and understand your choice, the other will scorn you. We are trying to prove that there are many people co-sleeping and bed-sharing safely, just like you. This survey and its results will provide relief for anyone who has ever felt “pressure”, or is currently under “scrutiny” from the second group.

The Great Co-sleeping Survey is simply a decision by US to include YOU as a monument to stand up to people who say that YOU DO NOT EXIST, or that you are a BAD PARENT. We believe that in a large number, and complied in an easy to understand format, it will mean something different.

In reference to people visiting this site antagonistically or who would label a good co-sleeping parent as neglectful, or say that safe co-sleeping and bed-sharing is not possible, WE ARE THE ORGANIZERS OF SOMETHING YOU WOULD HAVE LIKED TO HIDE. The statistics gained here are from generations of women that are willing to tell you that you are WRONG.

So, in many ways now that the groundwork has been laid, YOU are “The Great Co-sleeping Survey”. And we thank you very much for that, as it is something that we truly believe in.

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