Safe Babies New York Program

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About This Program

Target Population: Mothers, fathers, or father figures of babies just born

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 0

Brief Description

Safe Babies New York (previously the Upstate New York Shaken Baby Syndrome Education Program) is a universal, hospital based, post-natal intervention for parents of all newborn infants about Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS). Both parents receive written materials and are asked to view a video about SBS before leaving the hospital. Both parents are then asked to voluntarily sign a commitment statement affirming their receipt of this material; signed commitment statements are returned monthly from nurse managers at each hospital and are tracked by the investigators. Safe Babies New York formed a partnership with the pediatric care providers. Additional educational materials are provided at the first doctor's office visit. In 2014, the program added information about Safe Sleep which informs parents about safe sleeping environments to prevent sleep-related infant deaths.

Program Goals:

The overall goals of Safe Babies New York are:

  • Educate parents (mothers and whenever possible fathers or father figures) about the normalcy of infant crying, the dangers of violent infant shaking, how to calm a crying infant and reduce caregiver frustration and anger, and how to wisely select other caregivers for the infant
  • Reduce the frequency of abusive head trauma
  • Educate parents about safe sleeping environments, the dangers of co-sleeping, and Sudden Unexplained Deaths in Infancy (SUDI)

Contact Information

Mark Dias, MD, FAANS, FAAP
Agency/Affiliation: Penn State Hershey Medical Center
Department: Department of Neurosurgery
Phone: (717) 531-8807
Fax: (717) 531-3858

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: October 2016

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: September 2016

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: January 2008