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At Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center, you will receive personalized care from our highly, experienced staff. The nurses and staff of the Women’s Services unit have experience in caring for surgical, chronic and acute care GYN patients. All nurses and clinical staff are certified in Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and the Neonatal Resuscitation Program® (NRP). The Women’s Services unit is designed for both gynecology and obstetric patients as well as antepartum, postpartum patients, and pediatrics.
Throughout your stay, the Women’s and Children’s Services staff is on hand to care for you and your infant. Private waiting areas are available to family and friends along with easy access to the nursery viewing area. The Newborn Channel is provided in a 24-hour designated patient room. Here engaging and up-to-date educational shows about baby care, safety, and more are available. To help expectant families and parents prepare for a new arrival, informative classes are also provided by Saint Mary’s Women’s and Children’s Services.
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Infant Safe Sleep & Safety Tips
Safe Sleep Hospital Requirements
Certified Safe Sleep Hospitals are required to:
- Develop a safe sleep policy statement incorporating the Infant Safe Sleep guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
- Train staff on safe sleep guidelines, the hospital’s safe sleep policy, and the importance of modeling safe sleep for parents.
- Educate parents on the importance of safe sleep practices and implement these practices in the hospital setting.
Injury Prevention Safe Sleep:
There are many things that may put your baby at risk while sleeping. Some risks may even be deadly if they experience suffocation, strangulation, entrapment, or sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) - a term attributed to any infant death that cannot be explained. Sudden unexpected infant death (SUID) includes the aforementioned and is used to describe the sudden and unexpected death of a baby less than 1 year old in which the cause was not obvious before investigation.
According to the CDC, in 2017, there were 3,600 sudden unexpected infant deaths (SUID) in the United States. Of those fatalities, 1,400 deaths were due to SIDS; 1,300 deaths due to unknown causes; and 900 deaths due to accidental suffocation and strangulation in bed.
It is important for parents to always choose a safe sleeping environment for their baby during naps and at night. Where and how he or she will sleep is vital to the baby's safety. Here are some useful prevention tips for parents to keep their baby safe during sleep.
- Follow the ABCs of Safe Sleep:
- Alone – baby sleeps alone, without other objects, caregivers, or siblings
- Back – baby sleeps on his/her back
- Crib – baby sleeps on his/her own sleeping space, such as a crib or a bassinet
- Place babies on their backs to sleep every time, for naps and at night.
- Place your baby on a firm sleep surface, such as a safety-approved crib mattress covered with a fitted sheet.
- Keep soft objects, toys, and loose bedding out of your baby’s sleep area.
- Never use pillows, blankets, quilts, sheepskins, sleep positioning devices, or pillow-like bumpers in your baby’s sleep area.
- Avoid letting your baby overheat during sleep. (Dress your baby in light sleep clothing and keep the room at a temperature that is comfortable for an adult.)
- Never place a crib near a window with blind, curtain cords or baby monitor cords to prevent strangulation.
- Avoid bed sharing as it increases the risk of suffocation.
- Do not attempt to fix a broken crib; replace it.
The Newborn Channel is provided in a 24-hour designated patient room. Here engaging and up-to-date educational shows about baby care, safety, and more are available.
To help expectant families and parents prepare for a new arrival, informative classes are also provided by Saint Mary’s Women’s and Children’s Services.
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