Facts: each year in the United States, more than 4,500 families are devastated by the sudden, unexpected death of an otherwise healthy baby. Experts estimate that at least 50 percent of these deaths may have been prevented had the baby been placed to sleep in a safe environment. In some areas, that number is closer to 75 percent or higher.
Thanks to an $11 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, First Candle (a national nonprofit health organization) has launched the National Crib Campaign. This ground-breaking campaign was developed to provide cribs to in-need and at-risk families, as well as lifesaving safe sleep education to parents, professionals and the general public. The campaign will initially target Indiana, Washington, and the District of Columbia.
Kids Without Borders is proud to be one of the coordinating partner organizations (supporting Kids In Distressed Situations and Seattle Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center).
For more information on the National Crib Campaign, the Bedtime Basics for Babies, and First Candle, visit http://www.firstcandle.org/ .