The Baby Box Co. announced they’re partnering with several health organizations to combat Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Syndrome in Ohio.
The program is called Baby Box University. The program lets new parents receive a free Baby Box by completing online parenting education.
According to The Baby Box Co., Ohio ranks 43rd for the most significant infant mortality rates across the county. According to the Ohio Infant Mortality Data report, Ohio’s infant mortality rate rose to 7.2 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2015, that’s compared to 6.8 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2014. The study from the Ohio Department of Health showed black infants die nearly three times the rate as white infants.
The Baby Box Co. has partnered with Cincinnati Health Department, Richland County Health Department, University Hospitals (UH) MacDonald Women’s and Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospitals, Muskingum Valley Health Centers, and Babies Need Boxes among other community health organizations to bring the program to Ohio statewide.
“Research tells us that two of the biggest contributors to sudden, unexplained infant death are premature birth and unsafe sleep arrangements,” says Margaret Larkins-Pettigrew, MD, UH Clinical Diversity Officer and Associate Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. “This phenomenal safe sleep space program for newborns will help hospitals and nonprofits provide optimal, safe care to all expecting families in Ohio. We are grateful that The Baby Box Co. and Babies Need Boxes Ohio share in our mission to improve outcomes for mothers and their babies and to help solve the infant mortality crisis.”
The company said the boxes are made from a durable cardboard, and can be used as the baby’s bed for the first few months of life. They said the most important part is the education that comes with the box. Families will be required to to view their community’s online curriculum related to prenatal health, breastfeeding, safe sleep practices and newborn care before receiving a free Baby Box.
It takes only 3 easy steps for Ohio’s expecting and new parents to get their free Baby Box:
- Register for free online at babyboxuniversity.com as an Ohio resident. Be sure to include your correct contact information, including mailing address.
- Watch the 10-15 minute Ohio syllabus at babyboxuniversity.com. After taking a short quiz, you will receive a certificate of completion and be able to select local pick-up or direct delivery of your Baby Box.
- If you select direct delivery, your Baby Box will ship to the address you provided when you registered on Baby Box University. If you select local pick up, bring your Baby Box University certificate to the closest participating distribution partner to collect your Baby Box.
“I’m so proud to empower new parents in Ohio with the physical and educational resources they need to feel confident,” said Jennifer Clary, the CEO of The Baby Box Co., which is supplying Ohio with the Baby Boxes and Baby Box University memberships. “Every parent has a right to the necessary tools to care for their infant and every child deserves a safe and supported start in life.”
Source: ABC 6