Northwest Medical Center
January 22, 2020

Helping every baby sleep safe, certified safe sleep leader

National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program Recognizes Northwest Medical Center

Margate, FL - Northwest Medical Center was recently recognized by the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program as a “Silver Certified Safe Sleep Hospital,” for their commitment to best practices and education on infant safe sleep.

The National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program was created by Cribs for Kids®, the only national infant safe sleep organization. Based in Pittsburgh, PA, Cribs for kids is dedicated to preventing infant sleep-related deaths due to accidental suffocation. As a Nationally Certified Safe Sleep Hospital, Northwest Women’s Hospital is recognized for following the safe sleep guidelines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and providing training programs for healthcare team members, and family caregivers.

“Sleep-Related Death (SRD) results in the loss of more than 3,500 infants every year in the U.S.,” said Michael H. Goodstein, M.D., neonatologist and medical director of research at Cribs for Kids®. “We know that modeling safe infant sleep in the hospital and providing education to families has a significant effect on infant mortality. Cribs for Kids Hospital Certification Program is designed to recognize those hospitals that are taking an active role in reducing these preventable deaths.”

“We are dedicated to providing support and education to our Northwest families to ensure parents and colleagues understand and practice the ABC’s of safe sleep,” said Roxanne Bernard, Women’s Services Director at Northwest Women’s Hospital. “Our entire team is honored to earn the Silver Safe Sleep Award and we are committed to safe sleep excellence.”

The National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program was created in partnership with leading infant health and safety organizations such as All Baby & Child, The National Center for the Review & Prevention of Child Deaths, Association of SIDS and Infant Mortality Programs, Kids in Danger, Children’s Safety Network, American SIDS Institute, Charlie’s Kids, CJ Foundation for SIDS, and numerous state American Academy of Pediatric chapters and health departments.

Knowing the ABC’s of infant safe sleep is so important. Babies sleep safest, when they are:

  • A - Alone
  • B - On the Back
  • C - In a Crib

According to Judith A. Bannon, Executive Director and Founder for Cribs for Kids®, “The certification program launched in 2015 in Pittsburgh, PA, home of the Cribs for Kids® national headquarters. Hundreds of hospitals across the US are certified. We welcome (insert hospital name) to this expanding group of committed hospitals. This will have a profound effect on the saving babies’ lives.”

For more information please visit Cribs for Kids® National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification program.

To learn more about Northwest Women’s Hospital, visit Northwest Med or call (954) 601-8094 for more information or a free physician referral.