Sound Shore Medical Center Joins County ABC’s of Safe Sleep Initiative

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Sound Shore Medical Center is one of eight hospitals in Westchester County partnering in the Safe Sleeping Initiative to enhance baby safe sleeping through educating parents and caregivers on best practices.

Sound Shore Medical Center is pleased to be one of eight hospitals in Westchester County joining forces with the District Attorney’s Office in launching Westchester County’s Safe Sleeping Initiative – a community partnership whose goal is to enhance baby safety.

This initiative will assist parents in keeping their babies safe. The following are the American Academy of Pediatrics ABC’s of Baby Safe Sleeping:

A – Baby should sleep alone
B – Baby should sleep on his/her back
C – Baby should sleep in a crib - that meets the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s safety standards

Commenting on the Westchester County Safe Sleeping Initiative, President and CEO of Sound Shore Medical Center, John R. Spicer said, “As a New York State Department of Health designated Perinatal Hospital with a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Sound Shore has always had a keen interest in babies and safeguarding their health and well-being. Just last year, we delivered 1,077 reasons to encourage parents to adopt the Safe Sleeping Initiative.” He concluded, “We are proud to be a partner in this effort.”

As a participating hospital, SSMC is committed to educating parents and caregivers about safe sleeping practices for their babies, including showing a six-minute video, “The ABC’s of Safe Sleeping”. The video is available in English and Spanish. In addition, to distributing informational material to new parents through the SSMC’s maternity department, the information is posted on its website.
The following are safe sleeping rules to help keep babies safe:

  •     Babies should sleep in a separate space alone
  •     Place baby on his/her back; not on their side
  •     Provide a sleep surface that is flat and firm – free of pillows, blankets, toys and stuffed animals
  •     Use only cribs, cradles or bassinets approved for sleeping babies
  •     Keep baby’s room a comfortable, cool temperature
  •     Avoid clothing that overheats baby
  •     Have a caretaker who is free of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs within earshot of a sleeping baby

For more information about SSMC’s participation in Westchester County’s Safe Sleeping Initiative, please contact the Maternal/Child Health Department Nurse Care Coordinator Dayna Dixon, RN at 914.365.3964. For a prompt, personal referral to one of Sound Shore Medical Center’s 550 internists or specialists, please call MDs-LINE (914.637.5463) or visit today.

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Sound Shore Medical Center (SSMC) is a 252-bed, community based, teaching hospital located at 16 Guion Place in New Rochelle, NY. Since its founding in 1892, SSMC has served the diverse medical needs of the surrounding community and region, including orthopedic doctors and orthopedic surgeons. It is a major teaching affiliate of New York Medical College, member of Sound Shore Health System and is accredited by The Joint Commission, the nation's oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency. On its campus is the 150-bed Schaffer Extended Care Center, which provides 50 beds for short-term rehabilitation patients and 100 for long-term residents. For more information visit their website at

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