Elizabeth Grace Sleep Sack Program
Each year, approximately 2,400 children in the United States die as a result of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is the sudden and unexplained death of an apparently healthy infant younger than one year of age. An unexplained infant death is labeled Sudden Infant Death Syndrome after a thorough case investigation, including the performance of an autopsy, death scene investigation, and review of the medical history.
SIDS cannot be predicted, nor is it entirely preventable at this time. However, research demonstrates that the risks can be reduced. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the most important thing a caregiver can do to reduce the risk of SIDS is to always place your baby to sleep on his or her back rather, than on the stomach or side, in a crib or bassinet with no loose blankets.
In October 2014, the Genesis Foundation in cooperation with the Genesis Birth Center launched the Elizabeth Grace Sleep Sack Project.
Through this project, each of the 2,300 babies born annually at Genesis Medical Center will be sent home with a Halo® Infant Sleepsack.
Additionally, parents will receive expanded education about SIDS risk factors. A Sleepsack is a wearable blanket that is used to help create a safe sleep environment for infants. The Sleepsack keeps baby sleeping on their back and replaces loose blankets in the sleep area. This reduces the key risk factor associated with Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.