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Nebraska Safe Sleep Hospital Campaign

In 1992, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation of supine positioning for infant  sleep, along with the Back to Sleep Campaign in 1994 resulted in a 50% decrease in Sudden  Infant Deaths (SIDS) across the United States.  SIDS still remains the leading cause of death  in the first year of a baby’s life between one month and 12 months of age.  Within Nebraska,  infant deaths are slowly on the rise.  In 2015, 26 babies were listed as Sudden Unexplained  Infant Deaths (SUID), up from 22 SUID deaths in 2012.  Almost all of these are preventable.
A survey of all birthing hospitals in Nebraska, revealed that hospitals are not providing  consistent safe sleep messaging in their employee and patient education.  
  • 78% of hospitals have an Infant Safe Sleep policy and procedure;
  • 63% required education or training for hospital personnel in contact with newborns;
  • Patient education materials and educational processes varies between hospitals. 
The goal of the Nebraska Safe Babies:  Safe Sleep Campaign is to provide evidence-based education to parents of newborns as well as birthing hospital staff.  Educating new parents and caregivers within the hospital setting will provide a consistent, evidence-based safe sleep message to parents of more than 26,500 newborns across the State, to decrease SUID in Nebraska.
The Nebraska Safe Babies - Safe Sleep Campaign consists of:
  • Hospitals take the NE Safe Babies:  Safe Sleep Pledge
  • Hospitals develop or update a safe sleep policy
  • Baseline safe sleep education to hospital personnel, with hospital education plan, and provide consistent patient /client education
  • Safe sleep Tool Box available on DHHS Maternal Infant website
  • Once pledge and hospital personnel education completed and implemented, the hospital will become a Safe Sleep Champion Hospital.
An increase in awareness of safe sleep will result in: more babies sleeping safely, a decrease in the number of SUID deaths, a decrease in the infant mortality rate in Nebraska, and more babies celebrating their first birthday.  
Becoming a Hospital Champion:

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, touching the lives of over 26,500 new babies, parents, and caregivers.  Every day, health  providers can educate and model the safe sleep message to protect our babies from SUID. Your hospital can make an impact by joining our exciting venture:
1. Take the NE Safe Babies:  Safe Sleep Campaign Pledge
2. Develop or Update Current Safe Sleep Policy
3. Hospital Personnel Education and Education Plan
4. Provide Patient/Client Education
5. Complete Internal Audits
 Hospital Champions:
  1. Mary Lanning Health Care, Hastings, NE (1st to become Champion)
  2. York General Hospital, York, NE
Hospitals that Have Pledged to become Hospital Champions:
  1. Mary Lanning Healthcare, Hastings, Nebraska (1st to pledge)
  2. Memorial Community Health, Aurora, Nebraska 
  3. Fremont Health Medical Center, Fremont, Nebraska 
  4. Thayer County Health Services, Hebron, Nebraska
  5. Jefferson Community Health and Life, Fairbury, Nebraska
  6. Annie Jeffrey Memorial County Health Center, Osceola, NE
  7. CHI Health St. Elizabeth, Lincoln, Nebraska
  8. Memorial Health Care Systems, Seward, Nebraska
  9. York General Hospital, York, Nebraska
  10. Community Hospital, McCook, Nebraska
  11. Memorial Community Hospital & Health Systems, Blair, NE
  12. CHI St. Mary's, Nebraska City, Nebraska
  13. CHI Health Good Samaritan, Kearney, Nebraska
  14. CHI Creighton University Medical Center-Bergan Mercy, Omaha, NE
  15. Methodist Women's Hospital, Omaha, Nebraska
  16. Howard Co. Medical Center, St Paul, Nebraska
  17. CHI Health Immanuel Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska
  18. Regional West Medical Center, Scottsbluff, Nebraska
  19. Great Plains Health, North Platte, Nebraska
  20. CHI Lakeside Hospital, Omaha, Nebraska
  21. CHI Health St. Francis, Grand Island, Nebraska
  22. Bryan Medical Center, Lincoln, Nebraska
  23. Pender Community Hospital, Pender, Nebraska
  24. Faith Regional Health Services, Norfolk, Nebraska
  25. Children's Hospital and Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska
  26. Chadron Community Hospital and Health Services, Chadron, NE
  27. Cherry County Hospital, Valentine, Nebraska
  28. Nebraska Medicine, Omaha, Nebraska
  29. Cozad Community Hospital, Cozad, Nebraska
  30. Community Medical Center, Falls City, Nebraska
  31. Butler County Health Care Center, David City, Nebraska
  32. Sidney Regional Medical Center, Sidney, Nebraska

Champion hospital sharingWhat is your hospital doing to promote safe sleep? 
Send a few sentences describing what your hospital is doing to promote safe sleep to  Please include your contact information including name, email and hospital name.  If items meet the recommendations of the AAP on Safe sleep, we will post your ideas on the website.
Possible ideas include:
  • Create and distribute bassinet cards, door hangers, posters, bibs, or t-shirts with safe sleep information on them;
  • Create or use existing pictorial, fact sheet cardboard cards use for newborn discharge education; 
  • Educate families on safe sleep during post-partum room orientation;
  • October is SIDS awareness month.


Contact Us: Please direct question and/or comments to Jackie Moline, BSN, RN
Phone: 402-471-0165, Cell: 402-326-6415, or


  Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
Nebraska Hospital Association

 Nebraska Chapter: American Academy of Pediatrics


Nebraska Perinatal Quality Improvement Collaborative


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