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St. Joseph’s Hospital is first hospital in Wisconsin to earn Safe Sleep Certification

West Bend, Wis. — St. Joseph’s Hospital is the first hospital in the state to achieve certification from the Cribs for Kids National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification program.

The program recognizes hospitals that demonstrate a commitment to reducing infant sleep-related deaths by promoting best safe sleep practices and by educating parents about infant sleep safety. The certification reflects best practices and education on infant safe sleep through the development of a hospital policy, staff training, parent education, modeling through a wearable blanket program, and a pledge to participate in ongoing audits. St. Joseph’s Hospital became accredited at the silver level and is the first hospital in the state to become certified at any level.

“Industry research has provided so much more information about safe sleeping practices for infants than was available even a few years ago,” said Kristin Lebiecki, director of birth services at St. Joseph’s Hospital. “As Washington County’s only hospital providing birth services, our Birth Center is committed to using this information to benefit the health of our tiniest patients in all aspects of their well-being.”

There are approximately 3,500 infant sleep-related deaths annually in the United States due to accidental suffocation, strangulation or undetermined causes during sleep. Cribs for Kids has worked since 1998 to prevent babies from dying of accidental, sleep-related death in unsafe sleeping environments by educating parents and caregivers on the importance of practicing safe sleep for infants.