The second annual Cribs for Kids campaign kicked off April 8 at PAH. This program provides sleep education and a portable crib to families in need in the Greater Philadelphia area.
Safe sleep practices significantly reduce SIDS related deaths. Since 2004, the Cribs for Kids program of Maternity Care Coalition has distributed over 20,000 cribs, and in the last year alone provided over 3,000 individuals with safe sleep education. Despite this success, the surface has only been scratched when it comes to helping families in need of safe sleep education and a crib.
- Philadelphia currently has the highest rate of SIDS death in the country
- 95 percent of SIDS babies are found to not have had a safe sleep environment
- For every $100 donated to the Cribs for Kids campaign a family in need will receive a crib, sheets, a sleep sack, and safe sleep education
“SIDS prevention is all about behavior modification,” said Elizabeth Quigley, MSN, RNC, NEA-BC, nurse manager of the Intensive Care Nursery. “In the ICN we role model safe sleep behaviors and educate parents on its importance prior to discharge. Things such as no blankets or stuffed animals in the crib, placing babies on their back to sleep, and ensuring that the head of the bed is flat is important to teach before they go home.”