Nov 17/10 - Pt 1: Co-Sleeping

A coroner in Quebec is preparing to hear testimony in the second of three inquests into the deaths of infants who slept in their parents' bed. The inquests have re-ignited the debate over co-sleeping. Supporters say it helps parents bond with their children. Opponents say it is dangerous and can lead to babies being smothered.


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Co-Sleeping - Richard Haber

We started this segment with a clip from Giselle Carrier. She lives in Winnipeg. And like quite a few parents, she shares a bed with her child ... a practice known as co-sleeping.

There is literature to support that idea. But there are also people who argue that co-sleeping or bed-sharing is dangerous. Later today, a Quebec City Coroner, Andrée Kronström, will begin hearing testimony at an inquest into the death of Jacob Martin. He was three-months-old when he died in November of 2008.

This is the second of three inquests into the deaths of infants who died when they were sleeping with their parents. And the inquests have renewed a heated debate over the safety of co-sleeping. Richard Haber says it's not safe to share a bed with an infant. He is the Director of the Pediatric Consultation Centre at the Montreal Children's Hospital. He's also a community pediatrician in Montreal.

Co-Sleeping - James McKenna

We started this segment with a lip from Lisa Mueller of Calgary with her own reason for not wanting to share a bed with her children. But according to James McKenna, co-sleeping has its upsides too. He is a professor and the Director of the Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Laboratory at the University of Notre Dame. He's also the author of Sleeping with your Baby: A Parent's Guide to Co-sleeping. He was in Granger, Indiana. 

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