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Published on June 05, 2018

New Moms at Women’s Hospital Can Put Their Baby in a Box

Baby boxes may lower rates of sudden infant death.

Parents at Women’s Hospital can receive a starter kit that includes a “baby box.” The simple cardboard box is for baby to sleep in. The boxes are believed to reduce the chances of sudden infant death syndrome.

The boxes are provided by Family Support Network of Central North Carolina (FSNCC). FSNCC was selected by Baby Box University to distribute the free kits.

For more than 80 years, every new mom in Finland has received a similar kit including the baby box. Today, Finland has one of the lowest infant mortality rates in the world. “Too many parents sleep with their babies or put them to sleep in a conventional bed,” says Kaye Gable, MD, program director for Cone Health’s Pediatric Teaching Service. “Adult beds in the U.S. are not a safe place for babies to sleep due to the risk of suffocations from the fluffy blankets and pillows.”

Each kit includes the box, a mattress, fitted sheet, new parent essentials such as diapers, breast pads, brain-boosting activity cards and other items.

There are several requirements for obtaining a baby box at Women’s Hospital. Moms must:

  • Register online with Baby Box University.
  • Watch a series of short videos about infant care and safe sleep.
  • Take and pass a brief test.
  • Print or capture a screenshot of the code certifying completion of the program.
  • Bring the code to the education desk at Women's Hospital or call FSNCC at 336-832-6507 to pick up the Baby Box.

FSNCC has focused on families in the neonatal intensive care unit of Women's Hospital for more than a decade. The organization has provided beds for parents who can’t buy a Pack-n-Play or a crib. "We believe strongly that every baby in the community should have a safe place to sleep,” says Nancy Micca, director for FSNCC. The program also provides infant education. “Once registered with Baby Box University, families have unlimited access to more than 7,000 videos on parenting and child development,” Micca adds.

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