It's a parent's worst nightmare: You put your young infant to sleep peacefully and wake up to find them unresponsive. After trying to wake them, the dread hits...your young child passed away in the night.
And while it is a nightmare to consider, it is a situation that in many cases is preventable. That's why the RMH Foundation is teaming up with the Sentara RMH Family BirthPlace to help babies in our community sleep safe. Through the "Sleep Tight" campaign donors can make a gift to provide safe bedding for young kids at risk of sleeping in an unsafe environment.
Each year approximately 3,500 infants die from sleep-related deaths in the United States, acccording to the American Academy of Pediatrics. In many cases, infants are in unsafe sleeping situations because their parents lack resourses. Your gift can help make sure these babies have the safe environment they need to sleep tight.
In fact, safe sleep is such an issue here in Virginia that it is now a state law for new parents to receive safe sleep education. The bill was signed into law in 2015 after a report from the Virginia State Child Fatality Review Team found that in a single year "119 infants less than one year of age died unexpectedly in a sleep environment in Virgina, approximately one infant every three days." The Review Team concluded that 95% of these deaths were preventable. Nine out of ten, 90%, were related to an unsafe sleep environment.
We can all agree that a single preventable infant death is one too many. Your gift today can help make sure more babies in our community sleep tight, and more importantly, sleep safe.
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