Each year in the United States, thousands of babies die suddenly and unexpectedly. These deaths are called SUID (pronounced Soo-id), which stands for “Sudden Unexpected Infant Death.” SUID includes all unexpected deaths: those without a clear cause, such as SIDS, and those from a known cause, such as suffocation.

To create a safe sleep environment parents are encouraged to place their baby on his or her back to sleep, for naps and at night, to reduce the risk of SUID. In recognition of National Baby Sleep Day on March 1, Saint Joseph Community Health and Well-Being has purchased 300 “This Side Up” onesies using funds from a Safety PIN (Protecting Indiana’s Newborns) grant from the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH). These onesies will be presented to mothers of newborns to encourage them to follow safe sleep practices.

Saint Joseph Health System (SJHS) Mishawaka Medical Center and Plymouth Medical Center are proud to be recognized by the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program as a “Certified Safe Sleep Hospital,” for their commitment to best practices and education on infant safe sleep.