Allen County's prenatal care providers continue their commitment to our local infants. Most recently, seven partners committed to working with Indiana University School of Medicine to track safe sleep patterns in northeast Indiana to identify effective pathways to help all Hoosier families. A Hope Center, Early Childhood Alliance, Healthier Moms and Babies, Lutheran Social Services of Indiana, McMillen Health, Neighborhood Health, and Women’s Care Center have all signed on as Sleep Safely education and data collection partners. Parkview Health and Dupont Hospital also plan to join the campaign.
As partners, the organizations will share these important messages with families:
- Babies should sleep alone in a safety-approved environment with a tightly fitted sheet up to one year of age.
- Babies sleep safest on their backs. They should not sleep on their side or stomach.
- Nothing and no one should be in the baby’s sleep area/crib.
The partners will share safe sleep education with their clients as part of their services, distribute one-page flyers about safe sleep, and collect data for the IU School of Medicine for compilation.
“Unsafe sleeping arrangements are a leading cause of preventable infant deaths in Allen County, and that’s why it’s critical to educate families about safe sleep practices,” says Meg Distler, executive director of the St. Joe Foundation. “The Foundation prioritizes programming that supports prenatal and infant care, so the Sleep Safely Campaign is a great way to continue our work.”
The campaign also aims to ensure that every infant has their own safe place to sleep by providing safety-approved cribs or pack ‘n plays to caregivers who may not otherwise have access to them.
Data collection is now underway, and an update on the results will be available beginning in May. The Sleep Safely Campaign is an initiative of the Prenatal & Infant Care Network, facilitated by the St. Joe Foundation.
Information about volunteering or supporting the campaign can be found here
. Any organization interested in signing on as a partner should contact Meg Distler at email@example.com