We know that Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is an unexplained death of an infant under one year of age. It is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. for infants one month to one year of age. 50% of child deaths in Linn Co. were children under the age of one. We can decrease the baby’s risk of SIDS by providing a safe sleep environment.

A woman can register for a Safe Sleep Class by calling Becky at 319-730-7354 (Eastern Iowa Women’s Health Center). The woman needs to be at least 28 weeks pregnant, below the 200% federal poverty level and does not have a safe sleep environment for her infant (i.e., Pack N Play, bassinet or crib). The family will receive a free Pack N Play after attending this 2-hour class. The majority of women that have Medicaid are eligible and are encouraged to attend this class.

The education class consists of Safe Sleep practices, the importance of vaccinations, and well-baby check-ups. It is held at the EIWHC, 4251 River Center Ct. NE, CR. Call Laurie Jasper, Maternal Health Nurse from HACAP, at 319-538-4806 with any questions.