United Hospital Center in West Virginia has been recognized by the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program as a “Safe Sleep Champion,” as reported by Metro News.
Becky King, Co-Coordinator of the Our Babies: Safe and Sound campaign in the state says the designation is a testament to the staff working diligently to create a hospital-wide program.
“They have a infant safe sleep policy that the staff follows and they are also providing parents with education materials that have been approved by their review board.”
The certification program was created by Cribs for Kids, a Pittsburgh-based organization that works to raise awareness of the number of preventable infant deaths are caused by unsafe sleeping habits.
“We lose a baby every 10 days in West Virginia because of unsafe sleep practices,” King said. “But the good news is it can be prevented through education.”