Can We Prevent Infant Sleep Related Deaths
- Grand Rounds Presentation by Michael Goodstein, MD, FAAP

Say YES to Safe Sleep for Babies Annual Competency Training Presentations and Handouts Now Available

We are pleased to share the presentations and handouts from our recent Say YES to Safe Sleep for Babies Annual Competency Training with you via a password-protected link.  To access the materials, please click the following link and use the password that was provided in the competency training follow-up email from Our Babies: Safe and Sound co-coordinators Becky King or Eileen Barker.

Link to Annual Competency Training Presentations and Handouts:

You may view, copy and save the materials for future reference. If you have questions please email Our Babies: Safe and Sound co-coordinators Becky King or Eileen Barker.

Makes Grant to Support Say YES to Safe Sleep

We are excited to announce that the Walmart State Giving Foundation is our first corporate sponsor. Walmart’s support will have a direct and positive impact on the lives of West Virginia babies. We greatly appreciate the Walmart Foundation's commitment to this program. Representatives from the Walmart Foundation are awarding the grant during a special ceremony in conjunction with WV First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin in the Governor's Reception Area at the State Capitol on Jan. 5th, 2017.


Through this grant, pediatricians, family medicine physicians, and other health care providers will join hospitals, home visitation programs and our other partners in educating expectant and new parents about infant safe sleep


Funds will be used to develop a targeted recruitment campaign, and will also provide training opportunities and materials so that physician educators will be able to meet the standards of the recently revised AAP infant safe sleep recommendations, including ways to screen and recommend safe sleep practices.  


We appreciate the ongoing support of all of our funding partners – the DHHR, the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, and the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation for supporting this campaign, along with our state and national partners including our birthing hospitals, home visitation programs, the WV Perinatal Partnership and Cribs for Kids.

We are looking forward to our continued work together to reach our vision of zero infant deaths due to unsafe sleep. 

New 7-minute Say YES to Safe Sleep Video is Now Available

We are pleased to share an updated 7-minute Say YES to Safe Sleep video for parents and caregivers of babies in West Virginia. The video describes the ABCs of safe sleep for babies and has been updated to reflect the most current recommendations for Safe Sleep from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Click here to view the new video which will also be distributed to new parents across West Virginia.

New Say YES
To Safe Sleep For Babies Training Module
Now Available!

We are pleased to announce that our newly updated Say YES To Safe Sleep For Babies Training Module is now available. The Training Module is a training tool to be completed by providers and partners educating new and expectant parents and caregivers about infant safe sleep practices. This course qualifies for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for physicians, nurses and social workers, and we are in the process of getting it approved for West Virginia STARS credits for early childhood professionals.  This is a new web module and replaces the existing module.

Click HERE to learn more and to view the Training Module online. Staff of all Say YES partner organizations should review this new module. Please note the module may be viewed on any mobile device.


Say YES to Safe Sleep for BABIES

Updated Guide and Toolkit for Continuation and Expansion of West Virginia's Infant Safe Sleep Educational Program is now online!

The 2016 Guide and Toolkit is updated based on lessons learned since the program’s inception in 2013-14 and best practices from a variety of sources.

The goal of Say YES To Safe Sleep For Babies is to make infants as safe as possible in their sleeping environment and prevent sleep-related injuries and deaths of babies under the age of one.

Click here to download a PDF of the Guide and Toolkit.

AAP Expands Guidelines for Infant Safe Sleep

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Task Force on SIDS recently updated its recommendations for safe infant sleep. The new guidance, SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths: Updated 2016 Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment, draws on new research and serves as the first update to the 2011 recommendations.

Level A Recommendations

Back to sleep for every sleep.
Use a firm sleep surface.
Breastfeeding is recommended.
Room-sharing with the infant on a separate sleep surface is recommended.
Keep soft objects and loose bedding away from the infant’s sleep area.
Consider offering a pacifier at naptime and bedtime.
Avoid smoke exposure during pregnancy and after birth.
Avoid alcohol and illicit drug use during pregnancy and after birth.
Avoid overheating.
Pregnant women should seek and obtain regular prenatal care.
Infants should be immunized in accordance with AAP and CDC recommendations.
Do not use home cardiorespiratory monitors as a strategy to reduce the risk of SIDS.

Health care providers, staff in newborn nurseries and NICUs, and childcare providers should endorse and model the SIDS risk-reduction recommendations from birth.

Media and manufacturers should follow safe sleep guidelines in their messaging and advertising. Continue the “Safe to Sleep” campaign, focusing on ways to reduce the risk of all sleep-related infant deaths, including SIDS, suffocation, and other unintentional deaths.

Pediatricians and other primary care providers should actively participate in this campaign.

Level B Recommendations

Avoid the use of commercial devices that are inconsistent with safe sleep recommendations.

Supervised, awake tummy time is recommended to facilitate development and to minimize development of positional plagiocephaly (flat heads).

Level C Recommendations

Continue research and surveillance on the risk factors, causes, and pathophysiologic mechanisms of SIDS and other sleep-related infant deaths, with the ultimate goal of eliminating these deaths entirely.

There is no evidence to recommend swaddling as a strategy to reduce the risk of SIDS.

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