Safe Sleep Hospital Campaign

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​​​​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. In 2017, The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services introduced the NE Safe Babies Campaign to 54 Nebraska birthing hospitals with the Safe Sleep Hospital Campaign. In 2019, the cause of death listed for 15 babies was Sudden Unexplained Infant Death (SUID), a decrease from 26 SUID deaths in 2015. Almost all of these are preventable.

A survey of all birthing hospitals in Nebraska

The 2015 Survey revealed that hospitals did not provide consistent messaging about safe sleep in their employee and patient education. 

  • 78 percent of hospitals have an Infant Safe Sleep policy and procedure
  • 63 percent required education or training for hospital employees in contact with newborns
  • Patient education materials and educational processes vary among hospitals 

The goal of the Nebraska Safe Babies

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 approximately 25,000 newborns newborns across the state, the numbers of SUID deaths in Nebraska will go down.

An increase in awareness of safe sleep will result in:

  • More babies sleeping safely
  • Fewer SUID deaths
  • Lower rate of infant mortality in Nebraska
  • More babies celebrating their first birthday!

The Nebraska Safe Babies - Safe Sleep Campaign consists of five steps

  • Hospitals take the NE Safe Babies:  Safe Sleep Pledge
  • Hospitals develop or update a safe sleep policy
  • Baseline safe sleep education is provided to hospital personnel, includ​ing the hospital education plan. Hospitals provide consistent education to patients/clients
  • Safe sleep Tool Box available on DHHS Maternal Infant website
  • Once the hospital takes pledge, and it completes and implements the education plan for the staff, the hospital will become a Safe Sleep Champion Hospital.

Becoming a Hospital Champion:

How to become hosp​ital champion: The NE DHHS and the Nebraska Hospital Association invite you to join the Nebraska Safe Babies Initiative: Safe Sleep Campaign. 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:

  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​

Champion Step-by-Step Process

News Releases: 


Hospital Champions

  1. Mary Lanning Health Care, Hastings, NE (1st Champion)
  2. York General Hospital, York, NE
  3. Memorial Health Care Systems, Seward, NE
  4. Thayer County Health Services, Hebron, NE
  5. Community Hospital, McCook, NE
  6. Regional West Medical Center, Scottsbluff, NE
  7. Chadron Community Hospital and Health Services, Chadron, NE
  8. CHI Health St. Elizabeth, Lincoln, NE
  9. CHI Health St. Mary's, Nebraska City, NE
  10. CHI Health Good Samaritan, Kearney, NE
  11. CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center-Bergan Mercy, Omaha, NE
  12. CHI Health Immanuel Medical Center, Omaha, NE
  13. CHI Health Lakeside Hospital, Omaha, NE
  14. CHI Health St. Francis, Grand Island, NE
  15. CHI Health Mercy Council Bluffs, Council Bluffs, Iowa
  16. St Francis Memorial Hospital, West Point, NE
  17. Butler County Health Care Center, David City, NE
  18. Fremont Health Medical Center, Fremont, NE 
  19. Annie Jeffrey Memorial County Health Center, Osceola, NE
  20. Pender Community Hospital, Pender, NE
  21. Faith Regional Health Services, Norfolk, NE
  22. Community Medical Center, Falls City, NE
  23. Sidney Regional Medical Center, Sidney, NE
  24. Methodist Women's Hospital, Omaha, NE
  25. Boone County Health Center, Albion, NE
  26. Nebraska Medicine, Omaha, NE
  27. Nebraska Medicine Bellevue, Bellevue, NE
  28. CHI Health Schuyler, Schuyler, NE
  29. Kearney Regional Medical Center, Kearney, NE
  30. Antelope Memorial Hospital, Neligh, NE
  31. Memorial Community Health, Aurora, NE 
  32. Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital, Council Bluffs, IA
  33. Beatrice Community Hospital, Beatrice, NE
  34. Howard Co. Medical Center, St Paul, NE
  35. Providence Medical Center, Wayne, NE 
  36. Brodstone Memorial Hospital, Superior, NE
  37. Memorial Community Hospital & Health Systems, Blair, NE
  38. Cozad Community Hospital, Cozad, NE
  39. Children's Hospital and Medical Center, Omaha, NE
  40. Crete Area Medical Center, Crete, NE
  41. Henderson Health Care, Henderson, NE
  42. Bryan Medical Center, Lincoln, NE
  43. Chase County Community Hospital, Imperial, NE
  44. Gothenburg Health, Gothenburg, NE
  45. Ogallala Community Hospital, Ogallala, NE
  46. Perkins County Health Services, Grant, NE
  47. Cherry County Hospital, Valentine, NE
  48. Boys Town National Research Hospital, Omaha, NE
  49. Tri Valley Health System, Cambridge, NE
  50. Box Butte General Hospital, Alliance, NE
  51. Columbus Community Hospital, Columbus, NE
  52. Fillmore County Hospital, Geneva, NE
  53. Grand Island Regional Medical Center, Grand Island, NE
  54. Great Plains Health, North Platte, NE

Hospitals that Have Pledged to Become Hospital Champions

  1. Jefferson Community Health and Life, Fairbury, NE
  2. Lexington Regional Health Center, Lexington, NE
  3. Phelps Memorial Health Center, Holdrege, NE
  4. Avera St. Anthony's Hospital, O'Neill, NE