For the last ten years, I've observed those on the net battle it out on the issue of parents bed-sharing with their babies. I've sadly watched some very astute mothers be sucked into this impassioned maelstrom and lose nearly all their ability to reasonably analyze information (I won't even go into the ones whose abilities were lacking to begin with ::shudder::). It's no huge surprise - if you really want to see an ordinarily savvy and intelligent woman go witlessly berserk, just hint they are not taking proper care of their offspring. It ranks right up there with telling them their children are ugly. You won't be well received.
In 1999, I wrote that one of the saddest aspects of this issue were those individuals and organizations who seemed intent on fostering the mindset of "it's us against them." Their mission seemed much more about drawing lines in the sand than a concern for lives of infants. As someone who seemed to have one foot in both worlds, I saw the battle coming and it brought me immeasurable sadness.
Like many of my areas of interest, you'll see me post on this topic often. I hope that I can provide some clarity to those with questions and an impetus for honest consideration and self-appraisal for those who hold rigid beliefs. I will always welcome questions and comments posted respectfully in the interest of furthering understanding.
Several years ago, I was involved in the production of an educational website addressing sleep safety issues. Here's the latest and greatest from First Candle/SIDS Alliance. They've done it much better than I ever could.
Loads of info and supporting scientific research.