There is a lot of information to take in during your hospital stay, but our team of professionals wants to make sure that your transition home is as seamless as possible. Our nursing staff will provide you with educational and resource materials that will help answer some of your questions about caring for yourself and baby after delivery. A UMC Associate also will call you after you return home to check on you and baby and to ask if you have any further questions. Although we offer a lot of educational support during your hospital stay, there may still be some things that you are unsure of. One especially important thing to know is the dangers of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). It is important to keep your newborn comfortable, but bear in mind that more than 400 Texas babies die in their sleep each year, either from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or accidental suffocation or strangulation. Imagine the grief and guilt those babies’ parents must feel especially since deaths of that nature are very preventable.

Room to Breathe

To help spread the word, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services has launched a campaign to educate new parents on how best to care for their child at bedtime. It’s called “Room to Breathe.” It features a woman whose child never woke up from a nap. She tells her story in this video. The campaign’s focus is the ABCs of infant sleep.

A: Babies should sleep alone, never with their parents or siblings
B: On their back with no blankets, bedding, bumper pads or stuffed animals
C: In a crib and cool (70 degrees max)
S: In a smoke-free environment