In 1992, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that infants sleep on their back. This recommendation along with the Back to Sleep Campaign in 1994 led to a 50 percent decrease in Sudden Infant Deaths (SIDS) across the United States. However, SIDS still remains the leading cause of death in the first year of a baby's life. And within Nebraska, infant deaths are slowly on the rise. In 2015, the cause of death for 26 babies was listed as Sudden Unexplained Infant Deaths (SUID). This was an increase from 22 SUID deaths in 2012. Almost all of these are preventable.
The results showed that hospitals did not provide consistent messaging about safe sleep in their employee and patient education.
Safe Sleep Campaign is to educate both parents of newborns and the staff at birthing hospitals. Our campaign provides evidence-based education for new parents and caregivers within the hospital setting. By providing a consistent, evidence-based message on safe sleep to parents of more than 26,500 newborns across the state, the numbers of SUID deaths in Nebraska will go down.
An increase in awareness of safe sleep will result in:
How to become hospital champion: The NE DHHS and the Nebraska Hospital Association invite you to join the Nebraska Safe Babies Initiative: Safe Sleep Campaign. Nebraska has 54 Birthing Hospitals that routinely deliver babies. These hospitals touch the lives of over 26,500 new babies, parents, and caregivers. Every day, health providers can educate and model the message of safe sleep to protect our babies from SUID. Your hospital can make an impact by joining our exciting venture: