Thursday, November 17, 2011

Baby in Bed with Butcher Knife Ad Generates National Reactions

We've all heard that sleeping with your baby in bed with you is somewhat risky.  Soft blankets, a soft mattress, parents rolling on top of their babies...there are plenty of ways a child could suffocate and die by co-sleeping (and many children have).  Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is more common in co-sleeping families (babies in same bed as parents).

The city of Milwaukee is taking it one step further by scaring the $#% out of people by releasing these ads.  Equating a child sleeping in an adult bed to sleeping with a butcher knife.  Wow.

I'll admit it, as a breastfeeding-on-demand Mom, I sometimes lay my son next to me in bed in the middle of the night and we fall asleep together.  Call me an insane demon if you want, Milwaukee.  (Note--I do move pillows away from his face, he is not covered or twisted in our sheets, and our mattress is pretty firm--love our Tempur-pedic.  But I digress).

Here's the press release.  And here is CNN's video story about it.

What do you think?  Appropriate?  Too extreme?

Monday, November 14, 2011

Supreme Court on Health Care Reform: History in the Making

Today the Supreme Court announced they will make a ruling on whether or not health care reform is constitutional.  The arguments will be heard in February or March and a ruling will come in late June, just a few months before election time.  This is serious history in the making, people.

This follows the ruling from Florida and 25 other states where the appeals courts struck down the law (the only one of 4 cases).

Roughly speaking, the Supreme Court will decide on two main things: 1) if the individual mandate portion is constitutional and 2) whether the rest of the reform legislation should also be scrapped.

Stay tuned.

More detail can be read on CNN, NPR, Kaiser Health News, or NYTimes.