CHARLESTON, W.Va. — First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin will visit Logan Regional Medical Center Monday, September 12, as one of six infant safe sleep awareness events hosted at hospitals across West Virginia during the month of September. The event is part of the Our Babies: Safe and Sound “Say YES to Safe Sleep” campaign. As part of this campaign, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has proclaimed September to be Infant Safe Sleep Month in West Virginia — a month that celebrates babies and focuses on making sure parents are aware of infant safe sleep problems and solutions.
Last year, with the help of Our Babies: Safe and Sound, First Lady Tomblin hosted infant safe sleep awareness events at four West Virginia hospitals. With this year’s expanded hospital participation, the “Say YES to Safe Sleep” campaign will now reach eighty-one percent of West Virginia’s birthing population.
“Unsafe sleep conditions continue to be the leading cause of death for West Virginia infants in the first year of life,” First Lady Tomblin said. “As we continue to train West Virginia’s hospital employees and home visitation workers, who provide parents and caregivers with educational resources, this campaign will continue to make a huge difference in communities across the Mountain State, in turn saving the lives of even more West Virginia children.”
Our Babies: Safe and Sound is a project of TEAM for West Virginia Children that provides parents and other caregivers of infants under the age of one, as well as expectant parents and healthcare professionals, with information and tips on ways to keep babies safe while sleeping and how to keep your cool when babies cry. The overall goal of the Our Babies: Safe and Sound “Say YES to Safe Sleep” campaign is to help prevent West Virginia infants from injury and death.
The First Lady will join Our Babies: Safe and Sound at Logan Regional Medical Center on Monday, September 12, at 11 a.m.
For more information about Our Babies: Safe and Sound and the “Say YES to Safe Sleep” campaign, visit safesoundbabies.com.