Sunday, 7 October 2007

Daisy Goodwin's astonishing claims in Sunday Times Online

Daisy Goodwin makes this astonishing claim in an article in Times Online on Sunday 7th Oct. Read my letter to her in May. Daisy's continued refusal to accept she is damaging babies is a complete mystery to me. How completely irresponsible can someone be and still be allowed to work in their profession? Does she honestly believe there is no evidence? There is decades of evidence.

Link to the full article is here

Excerpt from articles reads

The gist of the protest was that following any kind of a routine with a baby was tantamount to child abuse, that leaving a newborn baby to cry would cause irreparable psychological harm. As one Mumsnet post puts it: "Watching Claire Verity abuse other people's babies in the name of 'routine' makes my blood boil. She should be prosecuted under child protection laws, it's disgusting." As responsible programme-makers we observed due diligence on this for Bringing Up Baby and there is absolutely no scientific evidence that following a routine in infancy has any deleterious effect on the psychological health of the child. There are some aspects of Truby King's routine, such as putting a child in its own room, which are now challenged by cot-death charities such as FSID, which advise mothers to keep babies in the same room for the first six months, and the programme makes current guidelines on this clear. But apart from that there is no hard medical evidence to suggest the Truby King approach poses any threat to a baby's physical or psychological health.

Yes, she really does write... "there is no hard medical evidence to suggest the Truby King approach poses any threat to a baby's physical or psychological health"

I suppose this is true if you don't talk to those who know.

1 comment:

Caroline said...

She is missing the point completely. The issues people have with Claire Verity are not about "following a routine". They are about leaving a hungry baby to scream alone for hours, about limiting eye contact, cuddles, and all the things babies NEED for their psychological health.

Incidentally, I see Gina Ford has now weighed in with a complaint to the NSPCC about Claire Verity!! Never thought I'd see eye-to-eye with Gina Ford, but in comparison to CV she's suddenly starting to look a lot more baby-friendly than formerly....