Safe Sleep Physician Champions & Alabama birthing hospitals
As a major partner in the Alabama Collaborative on Safe Sleep workgroup and its goal of promoting consistent safe sleep practices and environments throughout the state, the Alabama Chapter-AAP has been tapping pediatricians from across the state to help in reducing the number of preventable infant/child deaths.
In 2015, the Workgroup developed a Safe Sleep Position Statement, which outlines Alabama’s endorsed recommendations for safe sleep position/environment, as well as a step-by-step blueprint for hospitals to measure their safe sleep policy against the Position Statement.
Pediatricians identified by local OB nurse managers and perinatal directors have been contacted by the Executive Board Area Representatives to serve as Safe Sleep Pediatrician Champions for each birthing hospital.
The role of the pediatrician champions is to partner with an identified Nurse Champion at each hospital to work through the blueprint in order to assess the hospital’s safe sleep policy and help to develop/promote a plan of action to bring it in line with Alabama’s recommendations.
We have a great opportunity to make a significant difference in the safety of our Alabama babies. Champions are still sought for some birthing hospitals. If you are interested in becoming part of this initiative, please contact Linda Lee, APR, Chapter Executive Director.