This week on MD for Moms, I’ll be interviewing opens in a new windowDr.’s Jennifer Doering and Trina Salm Ward about their work on infant sleep practices and associated mortality risks. Dr.’s Doering and Salm Ward have published extensively on the topic of infant sleep and are experts on the topic of safe sleep practices. This is an extremely hot-button topic and there is a lot of misinformation floating around, from anecdotal evidence of safety to high-priced gadgets being sold as an answer to parents’ many fears surrounding sleep. But, where does the truth lie? We will find out this week on our show.
What does it mean to bed share versus to co-sleep? Why is it never safe to bed share and how can moms safely co-sleep? What steps can parents do to reduce the risks of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or SIDS and other Sleep Related Infant Deaths? Is it ever safe to have a mobile over a crib and are exposed crib railings ok when bumpers are not? There are seemingly endless questions on this topic, and we will tackle as many as we can on this important episode of MD for Moms.
Learn more about my guests, Dr. Jennifer Doering and Dr. Trina Salm Ward:
Dr. Jennifer Doering, PhD, RN is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She studies relationships between women’s mental health in pregnancy and postpartum, sleep and fatigue, and infant mortality. She is the lead analyst for The Periscope Project (https://the-periscope-project.org/ opens in a new window) and also studies how parents make decisions about where they place their babies to sleep with a special focus on product safety.
Dr. Trina Salm Ward is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She researches disparities in infant and maternal health, specifically, infant sleep practices and risks for sleep-related infant deaths. She has published in Maternal and Child Health Journal, Journal of Community Health, Archives of Women’s Mental Health, and Health Education and Behavior.