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I can remember, when I was pregnant, reading everything I could get my hands on about every mother’s fear—sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). My mother, who followed the norms of her time when I was born, was surprised that my son’s crib was bare—no blankets, pillows, toys, or bumpers. He wore a sleep sack and was placed on his back to sleep until he began to roll over by himself.
To add to what I learned from my preparatory reading, the nurses at the hospital I gave birth in set a standard for how to care for my newborn—explaining the abovementioned safe sleep tips, and much more. After all, nurses are probably a mom’s first stop for this information, helping new mothers navigate the choppy waters of caring for their newborns.
This month’s Cultivating Quality article, “An Evidence-Based Infant Safe Sleep Program to Reduce Sudden Unexplained Infant Deaths,” from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, describes a nurse-led community program begun after two infants were lost to sleep-related deaths following discharge from the hospital’s neonatal ICU (NICU).
To develop the program, an interdisciplinary team made up of nurses, a physician, an […]