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Baby Sleep Information Source (Basis)

The Baby Sleep Info Source website (www.BasisOnline.org.uk) is a DISC outreach project offering research evidence on infant sleep for use in policy and practice by parents and health professionals.

The Basis website presents research evidence about biologically normal infant sleep. Originally known as ISIS (Infant Sleep Info Source), BASIS was launched in 2012 by Professor Helen Ball and Dr Charlotte Russell of the Durham Infancy & Sleep Centre, with advisors from La Leche League (LLL), the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) and UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI), and funded by the ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council).
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Conferences & Workshops

We run a biennial conference (virtual in 2021) and ad-hoc workshops.

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Basis Infant Sleep Webinars

We currently offer two webinar training packages on the topics of Normal Infant Sleep, and Infant Sleep Safety.

The training is aimed at health-care professionals whose roles put them in contact with parents, families and parents-to-be, and will also be of use and interest to peer supporters, volunteers, and independent practitioners such as doulas, independent midwives, and breastfeeding supporters. We currently offer 2 packages: - Normal Infant Sleep - SIDS and Sleep Safety
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Free Public Lecture

Normal Infant Sleep: the view from Anthropology Recorded by Prof Helen Ball in November 2020 for the ESRC Festival of Social Science

Watch lecture recording here