This week I played phone tag with and, on Thursday, finally spoke to "Helen" from the hospital where Gideon was admitted last week. She indicated that yes, I was being referred to social services for sleeping my son in "extreme darkness." That's right - I'm likely the first mother ever to be referred to social services on that charge.
(Luckily, they had dropped the "he sleeps too much" charge - I'm guessing even the medical staff realized the lunacy of that one, as Gideon sleeps one hour more than the UK recommendation for his age).
As I talked through the illogical of it all with Helen, she admitted that while my concern that Gideon sleep whilst in hospital under conditions with which he was familiar was reasonable, she maintained that the darkness and my behavior to create it were "extreme." However, she had conveniently not been informed that I had received permission to first sleep G in the bathroom and then to black out the windows when bathroom sleeping was prevented. She also was surprised to hear that his stats were best (she could have read the report) when he slept in the bathroom and that after coming home, his half hourly wakings dissipated. That and he is now the happiest baby on the block. Yet still the referral was made.
Sure enough, yesterday I received a voice message from social worker asking if she could lend me any support.
I am half-minded to respond and say "Sure, I seem to have trouble getting our baby to sleep in the light. It would make my life so much easier if he would. Although our part-time nanny is a professional sleep consultant, perhaps you have better ideas. Would you like to watch Gideon during his 2-3 hour afternoon nap and see if you can get him to 1) sleep and 2) transition successfully in the light?"
Any other ideas?