The Maternal Child Health Services Department has been certified Gold when it comes to promoting infant safe sleep. This past January, they were the first in state to receive Bronze Certification from the National Safe Sleep Certification Program. The certification was created by Cribs for Kids®, an organization dedicated to preventing infant, sleep-related deaths due to accidental suffocation. In becoming a Gold Safe Sleep Champion, the department has achieved the program’s highest designation.
Each year, approximately 3,500 infants die from Sleep-Related Death (SRD). The certification program recognizes hospitals that demonstrate a commitment to reducing SRDs by promoting best safe sleep practices and educating new parents and caregivers about infant sleep safety. By becoming certified, a hospital demonstrates a commitment to being a community leader and pro-actively eliminating as many sleep-related deaths as possible.