Enhanced Safe Sleep Education Program for Parents of Newborns
The Baby Safe Sleep Coalition and Rochester General Health System have launched a pilot project aimed at reducing infant deaths due to unsafe sleep practices.
The six-month program provides parents of newborns with enhanced safe sleep education and a take-home Safe Sleep Kit that includes education materials, a Halo sleep sack and a Sleep Baby Safe & Snug board book. Parents will be receiving the safe sleep message immediately before the period of highest risk for unsafe sleep deaths: newborn to 3 months of age.
The program is supported by a $5,000 grant from the Genesee Valley Medical Foundation, a $2,000 grant from the Polisseni Foundation and other donations totaling almost $1,500. The Baby Safe Sleep Coalition will cover the remainder of the estimated $15,000 project.
Labor and delivery nurses will share statistics and information about safe sleep with parents before discharge. They will review the Safe Sleep brochure and door hanger with parents; discuss home sleeping arrangements and offer a referral to secure a safe crib if needed. Parents who return to RGH for their baby’s 1 month, 2 month and 4 month pediatric visits will be asked to report that are they using only safe sleep practices.