Co-Sleeping With Infants: Science, Public Policy, and Parents Civil Rights, with James McKenna, PhD
Professor James J. McKenna’s Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Laboratory studies how sleeping environments reflect and respond to family needs—in particular how they affect mothers, breastfeeding, and infants’ physiological and psychological well-being and development.
Using traditional anthropological and medical research techniques, the laboratory cuts through myths and controversies to provide scholars, parents, and the news media with accurate scientific information on a variety of sleeping arrangements, including safe co-sleeping practices. Included in the articles that are available to download are discussions of what constitutes, from a biological perspective, normal, healthy infant sleep. This perspective offers a major corrective to more traditional infant sleep models promulgated in western societies.
Dr. McKenna's complete vita and select vita are available for review, and parents and health professionals may find particularly helpful several video interviews with Dr. McKenna and PowerPoint presentations based on recent lectures both in the U.S. and abroad.