The Women’s Hospital was recently recognized by the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program as a “Gold Certified Safe Sleep Champion” for their commitment to best practices and education on infant safe sleep. They are one of five hospitals in Indiana to receive this level of certification.
The National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program was created by Cribs for Kids®, a Pittsburgh-based organization dedicated to preventing infant, sleep-related deaths due to accidental suffocation. In addition to being Cribs for Kids® partners, The Women’s Hospital was recognized for following the safe sleep guidelines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and providing training programs for parents, staff and the community.
“Sleep-Related Death (SRD) results in the loss of more than 3,500 infants every year in the U.S.,” said Michael H. Goodstein, M.D., neonatologist and medical director of research at Cribs for Kids®. “We know that consistent education can have a profound effect on infant mortality, and this program is designed to encourage safe sleep education and to recognize those hospitals that are taking an active role in reducing these preventable deaths.”
This program is well-aligned with the Maternal Child Health Bureau's vision of reducing infant mortality through the promotion of infant sleep safety as outlined in Infant Mortality CoIIN Initiative. Thirty-six states have designated SIDS/SUID/SRD as their emphasis to reduce infant mortality.
When asked about the importance of the award, Nursing Director at The Women’s Hospital Mary Stephens said, “It is an honor to receive the Gold Safe Sleep Champion recognition from Cribs for Kids. The Women’s Hospital has always placed a strong emphasis on educating parents about safe sleep for their infants. We utilize a number of tools to educate moms and significant others throughout the pregnancy and we provide additional education materials to them when they take baby home from the hospital. The ultimate goal of safe sleep education is to save lives. Safe sleep habits are taught by the hospital and hopefully implemented by parents so that babies can live long, happy, healthy lives.”
Team members from The Women’s Hospital have served throughout the years on local, statewide and federal committees to help decrease and prevent infant mortalities. Safe sleep is consistently an area that needs improvement. Stephens goes on to say, “We will continue to educate on this topic even if the statistics improve due to safe sleep. Consistently providing parents with the right tools and education over and over again is the only way we can accomplish our goals of decreasing and hopefully one day eliminating these unnecessary deaths.”
Dr. Kenneth Spear, Health Officer for the Vanderburgh County Health Department said, “The Vanderburgh County Health Department is extremely proud of The Women’s Hospital’s achievement as a Gold Safe Sleep Champion.” The Women’s Hospital has participated in the Healthy Baby Steps Campaign organized by the local health department. This campaign provides educational tools for women throughout their pregnancy on topics including safe sleep. “Practicing safe sleep habits is one of the easiest ways to prevent infant mortalities. Again, Congratulations to The Women’s Hospital and we are pleased that they are a partner in this effort.”
About Cribs for Kids Certification Program
The National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program was created in partnership with leading infant health and safety organizations such as All Baby & Child, The National Center for the Review & Prevention of Child Deaths, Association of SIDS and Infant Mortality Programs, Kids In Danger, Children’s Safety Network, American SIDS Institute, Charlie’s Kids, CJ Foundation for SIDS, and numerous state American Academy of Pediatric chapters and health departments.
According to Judith A. Bannon, Executive Director and Founder for Cribs for Kids®, “The program kicked off in June of 2015 in Pittsburgh, PA, home of the Cribs for Kids® national headquarters. Sixteen states and Quebec Canada are represented among the 38 certified hospitals which have achieved the ‘Gold Champion’ status, or are working their way toward it. This will have a profound effect on the number of babies’ lives that will be saved.”
For more information on the Cribs for Kids® National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification program visit http://www.cribsforkids.org/hospitalinitiative.
Contact: Judy Bannon, Executive Director and Founder
412-322-5680 ext. 3 ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Michael H. Goodstein, MD, FAAP
Cribs for Kids Medical Director – Research
717-851-3452 ~ email@example.com
About The Women’s Hospital
The Women’s Hospital is the only hospital within a 100-mile radius of Evansville that is dedicated solely to serving the healthcare needs of women and infants. With a special focus on family-centered care, The Women’s Hospital houses 28 Family-Centered LDRP suites (labor, delivery, recovery, post-partum), a dedicated high-risk pregnancy unit, 13 medical-surgical beds, six surgical suites with two dedicated to Cesarean Sections, a Level III neonatal intensive care unit with board-certified neonatologists, an OB/GYN Emergency Department staffed by board certified OB/GYN physicians, 24-hour in-house obstetrical anesthesia services and 24-hour Lactation Services. The hospital’s second and third floors house physician office practices and comprehensive specialty services dedicated to Women’s Health.