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Women’s Hospital Recognized for Safe Sleep Efforts

Women’s Hospital has been recognized as an Infant Safe Sleep Hospital Model of Excellence by the North Carolina Healthy Start Foundation. The special certification centers on the hospital’s efforts to educate parents about causes of infant mortality.

“This designation speaks to what Women’s Hospital is all about,” says Jesus and Adalit Vargas-Patricio learn the importance of safe sleepWomen’s Hospital Vice President of Nursing/Patient Services, Sue Pedaline, DNP, RNC. “Our goal is to give babies a great start in life, as well as help new moms understand the simple steps they can take to create a safe place for their child to sleep.”

Women’s Hospital staff helps every new mom to know the steps shown to reduce the chances of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other preventable deaths to infants during their first year of life. These include:

  • Placing the baby on the back to sleep, every sleep.
  • Using a firm sleep surface with a tight-fitting sheet.
  • Not sharing a bed with the baby.
  • Keeping soft objects such as pillows, toys, comforters and quilts out of the crib.
  • Not over bundling the baby. Using no more than one layer of clothing more than an adult would need.
  • Not covering the face and head.

“The award recognizes hospitals that are doing exceptional work in the area of infant safe sleep on a voluntary basis,” stated North Carolina Healthy Start Foundation Executive Director Janice A. Freedman. “Our agency applauds their continued commitment to ensuring that families of the children cared for are knowledgeable about practices that can save lives. Babies leaving these hospitals will be safer as a result.”

Hospitals had to meet four areas of excellence to be recognized as an Infant Safe Sleep Model of Excellence: Policy, Staff Training and Education, Patient Education and Modeling, and Community Outreach. Women’s Hospital is one of only 13 certified sites in North Carolina.

According to the North Carolina Center for Health Statistics, 832 children died in the state before their first birthdays. Twenty-three of these deaths were categorized as SIDS, but another 75 were classified as “undetermined” and likely related to the infant’s sleep environment.

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