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Published on March 01, 2022

Rutland Regional Medical Center Women’s & Children’s Unit and Birthing Center Recognizes Baby Sleep Day, March 1, 2022

RUTLAND, Vt. – Rutland Regional Medical Center’s Women’s & Children’s Unit and Birthing Center (WACU) recognizes Baby Sleep Day, which is Tuesday, March 1.

Baby Sleep Day recognizes how important sleep is for overall health and for infants while providing an opportunity to shine a light on Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID). SUID is the sudden unexpected death of a baby less than one year old and most commonly occurs during sleep or in the baby’s sleep area. About 3,400 babies in the U.S. die suddenly each year.

According to the CDCs vital statistics, in Vermont, 13 babies died from SUID between 2015-2019,” said Leah Romine, Nurse Director of WACU. “Fortunately, Vermont has one of the lowest rates of SUID in the country. But each death is one too many.”

Rutland Regional has been recognized by the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program as a Gold Safe Sleep Certified hospital for its commitment to best practices and education on infant safe sleep. Through this program, the WACU provides families with safe sleep education to help reduce the risk of SUID in our community.

Some of the education and tips Rutland Regional’s WACU staff provide to promote safe sleep include:

  • Place the baby on their back to sleep and always on a firm mattress covered by a fitted sheet.
  • Keep the baby near parents while sleeping but in their own crib, no co-bedding.
  • Do not put baby to sleep on a couch, chair, or an adult bed.
  • Keep the crib free of objects such as stuffed animals, bumpers, and blankets, and do not use blankets, pillows or baby positioners “boppies” to prop the baby in any way.
  • Keep the environment smoke free.

Rutland Regional’s WACU staff will be hosting a safe sleep booth at the Rutland Farmers Market on Saturday, March 5, and again on Saturday, March 12, from 10am-2pm. The Farmers Market is now held at the Cortina Inn (formerly the Holiday Inn) on Route 7. They will provide handouts and posters to promote safe sleep as well as provide hands-on demonstrations on how to swaddle a baby for safe sleeping.

Learn more about the WACU at Rutland Regional Medical Center>>>

About Women’s & Children’s Unit and Birthing Center at Rutland Regional
The Women’s & Children’s Unit and Birthing Center provides expert care for laboring moms and their newborns. Private rooms are provided for labor and delivery as well as for postpartum care. Rutland Regional Medical Center was recently recognized by the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program for reaching the “Gold Safe Sleep Champion” designation for their commitment to best practices and education on infant safe sleep. The hospital was also named to Newsweek’s 2021 list of Best Maternity Care Hospitals recognizing facilities that have provided exceptional care to mothers, newborns and their families, as verified by the 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Survey.

About Rutland Regional Medical Center

Rutland Regional Medical Center, founded in 1896, is the largest community hospital and the second largest healthcare facility in Vermont. With a strong patient focus, consistent quality performance, nursing excellence and award-winning care, Rutland Regional remains dedicated to improving the health of families and individuals throughout Rutland County and beyond.


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