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.
The 2015 Survey revealed 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 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:
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. 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:
Champion Step-by-Step Process