University Hospitals (UH) MacDonald Women’s Hospital is collaborating with non-profit organization Babies Need Boxes Ohio to provide a free maternity package for expectant mothers that includes a safe sleep space for baby. The program will launch Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 11 a.m. at UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital’s CenteringPregnancy session.
“There are nearly 200 cases of sudden, unexplained infant deaths in Ohio each year, and research tells us two of the biggest contributors are premature birth and unsafe sleep arrangements,” says Celina Cunanan, CNM, MSN, Director of Nurse-Midwifery at UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital and founding board member of Babies Need Boxes Ohio. “Babies Need Boxes will help us fill a gap in the availability of safe sleep spaces for our pregnant moms to help keep their sleeping newborn safe.”
Babies Need Boxes was founded in 2015 by Danielle Selassie after she read an article about the impact baby boxes had in Finland to decrease the nation’s infant mortality rate. The Minnesota-based organization equips families with tangible resources to help ease the transition to parenthood and prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
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