Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County and the EveryOne Reach One Maternal & Infant Vitality Task Force is launching a free Safe Sleep Ambassador training program for parents, family members, caregivers and friends to educate the public about the proper way to care for sleeping babies.
“It is critical to remember every safe sleep related infant death is preventable,” said Jeff Cooper, Montgomery County Health Commissioner and co-chair of EveryOne Reach One.
In 2019, there were 10 infant deaths related to unsafe sleep practices in Montgomery County. It is important for friends and family members to remind parents and caregivers about the ABC’s of Safe Sleep, meaning infants should sleep Alone, on their Back, and in a Crib.
“We encourage friends and family to say something if they see any conditions that cause concern. Don’t let this happen to you or your family. It only takes one time for tragedy to strike,” said Debbie Lieberman, Montgomery County Commissioner and co-chair of EveryOne Reach One. “We can all do our part to prevent these senseless deaths.”
Safe Sleep Ambassador participants are only required to attend one training session. The classes are free and will take place at the Drew Health Center, located at 1323 W. Third St. in Dayton. Training classes will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. of Feb. 29, March 28, April 25, May 30 and June 27. Light refreshments will be served.
To register, visit www.phdmc.org and click on events. For questions about the program contact Angela Grayson at (937) 496-6831.
Proper safe sleep procedures will be taught as part of the classes. The public is reminded that infants should always sleep Alone, on their Back and in a Crib. There should be nothing loose placed in the crib, such as blankets or toys which may cause the baby to suffocate. Parents should not sleep with their child, either in bed or on the couch.
Montgomery County’s EveryOne Reach One Maternal & Infant Vitality Task Force works to reduce the overall infant mortality rate and to reduce the racial disparity in infant deaths. The Task Force is led by Montgomery County and Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County.