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A National First In Our Commitment to Safe Sleep for Babies

Northern Light Health recently became the first healthcare system in the US to have all of its birthing hospitals, including Eastern Maine Medical Center, named Gold Safe Sleep Champions by the Cribs for Kids National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program. The certification recognizes Northern Light Health for its commitment to keeping infants as safe as possible in their sleep environment and eliminating as many sleep-related deaths as possible.

Northern Light Health hospitals welcome more than 3,000 babies each year at its five birthing hospitals. And, the path to gold level certification began with a comprehensive, systemwide infant safe sleep policy. Other steps including replacing blankets in the hospital with sleep sacks, training the care team on safe sleeping guidelines, developing a plan to educate parents about safe sleep before they leave the hospital, and modeling safe sleep behaviors in the hospital and in the community. Each of the member hospitals is also providing cribettes to families in need that do not have the means to provide a safe sleep environment at home. And, at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center, these cribettes are funded through our local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ program.