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Parkview Huntington offers cribs for eligible parents

Posted: Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Parkview Huntington Hospital, through the Cribs for Kids® program, is offering free, portable cribs, crib sheets and pacifiers to families in need of a safe place for their infants to sleep. Cribs for Kids® is a safe-sleep education program for low-income families to help reduce the risk of injury and death of infants due to unsafe sleep environments.

Eligibility is based on financial need. Those who participate in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), Medicaid or Hoosier Health Wise are automatically eligible.

Additional eligibility requirements include:

- Women must be currently pregnant or have a child under the age of one year
- Applicants must attend a 90-minute in-service about proper crib use and safe sleep practices
- Applicants must be willing to be contacted during the use of the crib to be surveyed

In-services will be held at Parkview Huntington Hospital in the lower-level classrooms, and only one in-service is required. Dates and times for the in-services are:

- Wednesday, September 15 – 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
- Monday, October 18 – 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
- Monday, November 15 – 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, December 8 – 1 p.m-2:30 p.m.

Since 1998, through the donation of thousands of cribs, Cribs for Kids® has been making an impact on the rates of babies dying of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and accidental suffocation. Cribs for Kids® currently has 250 Partner Programs in 47 states throughout the country, which provide a GRACO Pack N Play® crib and educational materials regarding “safe sleeping” and other important safety tips to protect babies.

To register, call Angie Lehman, RN, at (260) 355-3651.