TABLE 2

Circumstances Surrounding Newborn Falls (N = 29)

Characteristicn (%)
Newborn feeding at the time of fall
 Yes23 (79.3)
 No6 (20.7)
Parent sleeping with newborn at the time of fall
 Yes18 (62.1)
 No11 (37.9)
Parent with newborn at the time of fall
 Mother19 (65.5)
 Father9 (31.0)
 Both mother and father1 (3.4)
Newborn location immediately before fall
 In mother’s bed18 (62.1)
 On couch or chair with parent6 (20.7)
 In parent’s armsa5 (17.2)
Time of fall
 11 pm–6:59 am18 (62.1)
 3 pm–10:59 pm7 (24.1)
 7 am–2:59 pm4 (13.8)
Day of the weekb
 Weekday19 (65.5)
 Weekend10 (34.5)
Mother’s medications 6 h before newborn fallc
 Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory16 (47.1)
 Narcotic9 (26.5)
 None5 (14.7)
 Other4 (11.8)
  • a In 2 instances, the parent fell while holding the infant.

  • b Weekday included Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Weekend included Saturday and Sunday.

  • c Unknown in falls involving the father. Ibuprofen was the most commonly used nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory pain medication. Narcotics included oxycodone and acetaminophen (n = 6), hydromorphone (n = 1), and oxycodone (n = 2). “Other” included diphenhydramine (n = 1), acetaminophen (n = 2), and lorazepam (n = 1). Numbers add to >29 because a mother may have been on >1 medication.