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National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program Recognizes AMMC

Shay Willis January 23, 2017


Arkansas Methodist Medical Center was recently recognized by the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program as a Bronze Safe Sleep Hospital, for their commitment to best practices and education on infant safe sleep. They are one of the first hospitals in the state to receive this 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, AMMC 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. Community outreach includes AMMC’s Beautiful Beginnings Program that provides classes on healthy pregnancy, childbirth preparation, breastfeeding and infant safety.

            “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 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 CollN Initiative. Thirty-six

states have designated SIDS/SUID/SRD as their emphasis to reduce infant mortality.
            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. One hundred forty-eight hospitals in 33 States and 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

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