Certified Safe Sleep Hospital
Providence St. Joseph Medical Center has attained the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program’s highest designation—Gold Safe Sleep Champion—committed to eliminating sleep-related deaths.
Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the leading cause of death among infants between 1 month and 1 year of age.
Creating a safe sleep environment
This is what you can do to help your baby sleep safely and to reduce your baby’s risk of SIDS:
- Always place a baby on his or her back to sleep, for naps and at night, to reduce the risk of SIDS
- Use a firm sleep surface, covered by a fitted sheet; a crib, bassinet, portable crib or play yard that conforms to the safety standards of the Consumer Product
- Safety Commission (CPSC) is recommended
- Your baby should not sleep in an adult bed, on a couch or on a chair alone, with you, or with anyone else
- Keep your baby’s sleep area in the same room where you sleep (for the infants first year). Room sharing, not bed sharing. Always place the baby in a safety-approved crib, bassinet, portable crib for sleep
- Sitting devices, like bouncy seats, swings, infant carriers or strollers should not be used for routine sleep
- Keep soft objects such as pillows and blankets, toys and bumpers out of your baby’s sleep area
- Wedges and positioners should not be used
- Do not smoke during pregnancy or allow smoking around your baby
- Do not let your baby get too hot during sleep
- Breastfeed your baby
- Give your baby a dry pacifier that is not attached to a string for naps and at night to reduce the risk of SIDS after breastfeeding is established
- Supervised skin-to-skin is recommended to all mothers and infants immediately following birth, regardless of feeding or delivery (as soon as mother is medically stable, awake and able to respond to her newborn) and to continue for at least an hour. Once mother starts to get sleepy, return baby to bassinet
- Follow your health care provider's guidance on your baby’s vaccines and regular health checkups
About the program
The National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program was created by Cribs for Kids and is endorsed by leading health and safety organizations. Its goal is to award recognition to hospitals that demonstrate a commitment to community leadership for best practices and education in infant sleep safety. By becoming certified, a hospital is demonstrating that it is committed to the mission of making babies safe in their sleep environments by eliminating as many sleep related deaths as possible. For more information and education on safe sleep, visit cribsforkids.org.