Gov. Tomblin Proclaims September as
Infant Safe Sleep Month
Thank you Gov. Tomblin and First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin!

NOW ONLINE! Sign Up Today!

Our Babies: Safe & Sound is pleased to partner with the CAMC Health Education and Research Institute to offer an on-line course on infant safe sleep.   This hour-long course is designed to assist physicians, nurses, social workers and in-home family educators with research and messaging to change practices to prevent sleep-related infant deaths in WV.

Presenters include Joan Phillips, MD, FAAP, Co-Director, Child Advocacy Center at CAMC, and Clinical Director of Childrens Services, Womens and Childrens Hospital, Jim McKay, State Coordinator, Prevent Child Abuse WV, and Luana Cook Scott, Executive Director, Community Development Outreach Ministries.

We are excited to offer this
FREE training as a tool of the Our Babies: Safe and Sound campaign.

To register for the course visit
this link or click the link below:

To download training materials and receive continuing education credits, please visit this Resource Link (PDF) to download additional materials for the course.  The first 50 participants to register can earn free continuing education credits.

The web module has been planned and implemented in accordance with the essentials and standards of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of CAMC Health Education and Research Institute and TEAM for WV Children.  The CAMC Health Education and Research Institute is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Our Babies: Safe & Sound Local Awareness Mini-Campaign Announced -- Targeted to Barbershops and Laundromats

Background Information for Community Partner Organizations

Thanks to a very insightful advisory panel and over 150 deeply committed local community partner organizations engaged in the Our Babies: Safe & Sound campaign, infant safety messages related to safe sleep and keeping cool when baby cries have reached thousands of parents, expectant parents and other caregivers of infants under the age of 1 in West Virginia over the past 2 years.

As these valuable partners continue their communication and education efforts, starting in May 2012, Our Babies: Safe & Sound is also enlisting the help of others to expand the reach of these vital and life saving educational messages.

Specifically, the campaign wants to get the messages out to more parents and caregivers through visibility at locations beyond those of the
local service organizations and programs. With the help of community volunteers, campaign posters and brochures about infant safe sleep and keeping your cool when baby cries will be placed at targeted local sites for 2 or 3 month intervals.

Will You Help by Asking a Volunteer to Take Posters to Local Barbershops and Laundromats?

The first community locations we are targeting with a Mini-Campaign are local barbershops and laundromats.

Our campaign partners are asked to:
  1. Recruit 1 or more local volunteer(s) who will take posters and, if suitable, brochures, to one or more barbershops and/or laundromats in their community during May, June and July, 2012.
  2. Order a supply of FREE posters/ brochures online for your volunteer(s) at  Be sure to check the box on the order form noting that the materials ordered are for the barbershops and laundromats Mini-Campaign.
  3. At the end of the targeted campaign, if requested, complete a brief online survey about the number of volunteers who distributed materials to barbershops / laundromats in your area.
  4. Watch for announcements about future mini-campaigns and, if possible, ask volunteers in your community to assist with them. The second mini-campaign will be announced in the summer.

HERE to download a PDF document with the information noted above along with sample sheet to modify & share with your local mini-campaign volunteer(s). (Click here to download a Word.doc version of the information sheet.)

Thank you very much. If you have any questions please contact Eileen Barker at / 304-342-1330 or Becky King at / 304-757-9456.


AAP Expands Guidelines for Infant Safe Sleep
In an updated policy statement and technical report, released Tuesday, Oct. 18th, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is expanding its guidelines on safe sleep for babies, with additional information for parents on creating a safe environment for their babies to sleep.

Three important additions to the recommendations include:
  • Breastfeeding is recommended and is associated with a reduced risk of SIDS.
  • Infants should be immunized. Evidence suggests that immunization reduces the risk of SIDS by 50 percent.
  • Bumper pads should not be used in cribs. There is no evidence that bumper pads prevent injuries, and there is a potential risk of suffocation, strangulation or entrapment.

The report also includes the following recommendations:

  • Always place your baby on his or her back for every sleep time.
  • Always use a firm sleep surface. Car seats and other sitting devices are not recommended for routine sleep.
  • The baby should sleep in the same room as the parents, but not in the same bed (room-sharing without bed-sharing).
  • Keep soft objects or loose bedding out of the crib. This includes pillows, blankets, and bumper pads.
  • Wedges and positioners should not be used.
  • Pregnant woman should receive regular prenatal care.
  • Dont smoke during pregnancy or after birth.
  • Breastfeeding is recommended.
  • Offer a pacifier at nap time and bedtime.
  • Avoid covering the infans head or overheating.
  • Do not use home monitors or commercial devices marketed to reduce the risk of SIDS.
  • Infants should receive all recommended vaccinations.
  • Supervised, awake tummy time is recommended daily to facilitate development and minimize the occurrence of positional plagiocephaly (flat heads).

"Say YES to Safe Sleep" campaign emphasizes each of these recommendations.  For more information, please visit our Resources page.