Good Shepherd Health Care System Family Birth Center Receives National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification
HERMISTON, OR – Good Shepherd Health Care System (GSHCS) Family Birth Center was recently recognized by the National Safe Sleep Certification Program as a Silver Safe Sleep Leader, for their commitment to best practices and education on infant safe sleep. They are one of the first hospitals in Oregon to receive the title.
The National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program was created by Cribs for Kids®, a Pittsburgh-based organization dedicated to preventing infant, sleep-related deaths due to accidental suffocation. In addition to being Cribs for Kids® partners, GSHCS Family Birth Center was recognized for following the safe sleep guidelines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and providing training programs for parents, staff, and the community.
“Sleep-Related Death (SRD) results in the loss of more than 3,500 infants every year in the U.S.,” said Michael H. Goodstein, M.D., neonatologist and medical director of research at Cribs for Kids®. “We know that consistent education can have a profound effect on infant mortality, and this program is designed to encourage safe sleep education and to recognize those hospitals that are taking an active role in reducing these preventable deaths.” This program is well-aligned with the Maternal Child Health Bureau’s vision of reducing infant mortality through the promotion of infant sleep safety as outlined in Infant Mortality CoIIN Initiative. Thirty-six states have designated SIDS/SUID/SRD as their emphasis to reduce infant mortality.
“Our primary goal was really to educate parents on best sleep practices for their newborn,” recalls Family Birth Center Manager, Kyle Furukawa., “We actually began the education process back in 2013 by putting into place what are now best practices for safe sleep. We also began offering HALO SleepSack swaddles to parents in blue or pink as a gift from the Family Birth Center when the family is ready to go home.”
According to an Oregon Health Authority report from 2014, Childhood Fatalities in Oregon, Umatilla and Morrow Counties combined for one (1) infant death, while Oregon as a whole experienced 130 occurrences of which 111 were reviewed. “One infant death is too many,” shared Mrs. Furukawa, who adamantly stated, “especially if it is related to preventable complications from a sleep-related issue.”
The National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program was created in partnership with leading infant health and safety organizations such as All Baby & Child, The National Center for the Review & Prevention of Child Deaths, Association of SIDS and Infant Mortality Programs, Kids In Danger, Children’s Safety Network, American SIDS Institute, Charlie’s Kids, CJ Foundation for SIDS, and numerous state American Academy of Pediatric chapters and health departments.
According to Judith A. Bannon, Executive Director and Founder for Cribs for Kids®, “The program kicked off in June of 2015 in Pittsburgh, PA, home of the Cribs for Kids® national headquarters. Over two hundred hospitals in 36 States, including Quebec Canada, are represented among the hospitals which have achieved the ‘Gold Champion’ status or are working their way toward it. This will have a profound effect on the number of babies’ lives that will be saved.”
For more information on the Cribs for Kids® National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification program visit http://www.cribsforkids.org/