Baby's smothering death must spark change

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This article completely misses the point. Babies co-sleeping isn't a problem - it is helpful for many problems like a baby who is cold, sick, low blood sugar levels, premature, or just wanting love and affection from its parents. The problem - as mentioned in this article - is nurses providing care that they are not qualified to provide, and the poor staffing levels on our maternity wards that see midwives allocated up to 15 mothers and babies per 8 hour shift. Eliminate nurses who are not qualified to provide midwifery care (anymore than a physiotherapist or dentist is) and boost the midwife staffing levels and there might be some changes.

Nurses to do a risk assessment before allowing mothers to breastfeed lying down, says coroner.

Nurses must ensure new mums are alert enough before letting them breastfeed in bed, an inquest into the smothering death of a baby has found. New mums must also be educated about the dangers of accidentally suffocating their newborns ...

Zelia Blomfield gave birth to a healthy baby girl ... on February 28, 2008 ...

Blomfield was breastfeeding Bela for only the second time, about two hours after her birth, when she awoke to find the baby dead. A nurse had placed Blomfield, who felt sleepy but was responsive, in bed on her side, with a pillow behind Bela.

Bela's post-mortem examination found she died due to asphyxia ...

This could have been a result of part of the bed or bedding blocking her airway.

... all Queensland Health birthing services have a specific policy on bed sharing, and be made aware of three deaths in similar circumstances.

The existing policy should be updated to make nurses do a risk assessment before allowing mothers to breastfeed lying down ...

This would include noting how lucid she is, giving her information about the dangers of lying down and a buzzer to contact staff if she gets tired, and determining how much supervision she needs ...

... The inquest looked into staffing and workload at the hospital ... the supervision was not adequate ...