Safe Sleep Resources

 

The Georgia Department of Public Health’s (DPH) Safe to Sleep Program coordinates statewide public health interventions intended to protect infants from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related causes of death.

With the support of its partners, the program provides data, health education and other resources to promote evidence-based safe sleep practices and raise awareness about environmental factors that increase the risks for sleep-related infant deaths.

Through these wide-reaching efforts, DPH works to ensure that every baby born in Georgia can grow up healthy and enjoy safe sleep for every sleep.

Georgia Safe to Sleep Campaign

Each year in the U.S., more than 4,000 infants, without a prior known illness or injury, die suddenly and unexpectedly. As of 2014, Georgia averaged three infant deaths per week due to sleep-related causes, which are contributing factors to the state’s current infant mortality rate.

The Georgia Safe to Sleep Initiative is a collaborative effort led by the Georgia Children’s Cabinet, American Academy of Pediatrics —Georgia Chapter, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Georgia Department of Public Health, the Georgia Hospital Association and the Georgia Obstetrical and Gynecological Society. The goal of Georgia’s Safe to Sleep initiative is to educate mothers, fathers, grandparents and caregivers about the importance of putting babies to sleep following the ABCs of Safe Sleep as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Georgia has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the country. Sleep-related infant deaths occur suddenly, but parents and caregivers can reduce the risk of these tragic deaths by following the ABCs of safe sleep.

Alone – babies should sleep alone in their own sleep space, close to but separate from their caregiver.

Back – babies should be placed on their back to sleep. Every nap. Every sleep. Every time.

Crib – babies should sleep in a crib or bassinet with a firm, flat surface with no extra things such as crib bumpers, blankets or toys.

Please click here to access Georgia Safe to Sleep Campaign materials.  

For information about the Georgia Safe to Sleep campaign collateral, please call the Georgia Department of Public Health, Division of Communications at 404-657-3269 or send an email to info@georgiasafetosleep.com