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Trying to Curb SIDS in the QCA


Can you imagine your new born child dying?

What about your child dying for an unexplained reason? 

That very thing happens to over 2,500 infants every year in the US. Dying from SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)

But one local hospital is trying to prevent this from happening anymore - through the use of one simple product.

And it's due to one midwife - a person who helps bring life into the world - who had her baby taken away from her.

"She was at daycare. She was asleep on the baby sitters bed face down, blankets and pillows all around her."

11 years later - those are still tough words for Jennifer Atzen to say. 

Her daughter Elizabeth, who would have her birthday this Summer - died while taking a nap at the sitters.

Just like every other day.

"I've never placed blame on her (the sitter)," says Atzen. "I wish I would have known that she wouldn't have a place to sleep on her own. Even if it just was a Pack n' Play. I wish I'd had known that. But would it have changed anything? I don't know."

Now - Jennifer works as a Certified Nurse Midwife and Genesis East. - bringing new babies into the world. 

"I kind of remember when I hit that point, like yeah, it's ok. I can use my experience to educate other people."

So she campaigned for the use of something called a Sleep Sack - for all kids being born at Genesis. 

Now every child is put into one - as soon as they have had their first bath.

"The idea behind it is to get the blankets and all the other loose stuff out of the crib and use the sleep sack instead."

A Sleep Sack is a simple piece of fabric.

Allowing newborns to be able to stay warm as well as safe. 

With a zipper to keep them inside - and plenty of leg room to kick around - the Sleep Sack cuts the risk of SIDS significantly. 

This is because children no longer need a blanket in the crib with them. And can't pull anything over their face while sleeping. 

"I mean don't get me wrong, those baby blankets are super cute," says Atzen. "And those bumper pads and quilts but... It's not necessary."

While parents aren't allowed to keep the hospital Sleep Sack 0 Atzen recommends every new parent to buy one as soon as possible.

Because if her daughter had been using one 11 years ago - she might still be alive today.



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