Talking about safe sleep for infants

Free Denver workshops for parents, caregivers, infant-care professionals

Posted 10/30/18

It’s not common knowledge for people to know that 3,600 babies die every year because of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) or from a sleep-related infant death, said Alison Jacobson, CEO of First …

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Talking about safe sleep for infants

Free Denver workshops for parents, caregivers, infant-care professionals

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It’s not common knowledge for people to know that 3,600 babies die every year because of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) or from a sleep-related infant death, said Alison Jacobson, CEO of First Candle, a national nonprofit dedicated to the education, advocacy and research of SIDS.

“No one wants to talk about it,” Jacobson said. “But until we have those conversations, nothing will change. We have to talk about it.”

To help, a partnership between First Candle and The Boppy Company — the Golden-based manufacturer of Boppy infant products — is bringing a special training class to the Denver area for the first time.

The Straight Talk for Infant Safe Sleep classes will provide attendees an opportunity to learn about the Safe Sleep Guidelines developed by The American Academy of Pediatrics.

They are trainings, Jacobson said, but “it’s really a conversation.”

Attendees will be empowered with the right information and skills to problem-solve any obstacle or challenge they may face with following the Safe Sleep Guidelines, Jacobson added.

Two Straight Talk for Infant Safe Sleep classes will be offered in Denver — one for parents and caregivers and another for healthcare professionals. Both classes take place at the mama ‘hood, which is a place for new-and-expecting mothers that offers a variety of classes and a curated retail boutique.

The parent/caregiver class will entail an explanation of the top five of the approximate 18 Safe Sleep Guidelines, and the reasons behind these recommendations. The class will also include a group conversation to brainstorm what challenges parents face with meeting Safe Sleep Guidelines and how to overcome the challenges. The group will also share past successes and create a network of support.

This is education and training that’s difficult to find anywhere else, Jacobson said. And it needs to begin early, she added — even as early as when you start setting up the nursery, or even as soon as you learn you’re pregnant.

The healthcare professionals’ class consists of a thorough overview of the Safe Sleep Guidelines and the reasoning behind each one. This class will also include group discussions, but also role play. Attendees will learn how to create a two-way conversation with parents and gain knowledge on how they can help parents create a plan to implement safe sleep and breastfeeding in each household that considers each family’s beliefs, values and living and working situations.

Considering the average size of each class is 35-to-40 attendees, Jacobson said, following the training, each of those participants will have the knowledge and ability to reach at least twice that many people in their community.

It is important to spread the word about this infant-care information and education, said Mimi Wogtech, marketing manager for The Boppy Company.

The Boppy Company has had a long-time partnership with First Candle and launched its The Momkind Project — a corporate social responsibility program with a mission of educating, empowering and supporting families in their new parent journey — in March 2018, Wogtech said.

“There’s so much education for people to learn on their new parent journey, and safe sleep practices for infants is vital to healthy, growing families,” she said. “This is information that can save lives.”

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