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.
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
Nebraska Hospital Association
Nebraska Chapter: American Academy of Pediatrics
Nebraska Perinatal Quality Improvement Collaborative