Preparations begin for Infant Mortality Awareness Month


Local media organizations are working to raise awareness for an important issue.

The Mothers and Babies Perinatal Network held a breakfast to discuss the upcoming National Infant Mortality Awareness Month in September. 

Members of the media were in attendance to discuss how to bring attention to the issue.

Mothers and Babies Executive Director Sharon Chesna says that most deaths that are a result of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome are preventable. 

She says there are simple things every parent can do to help ensure their child’s safety. 

“They shouldn’t be sleeping with another human being, parent, child, whatever. They should be in the crib alone on their back with no blankets no pillows no stuffed animals. All the fun things that everyone thinks looks wonderful and cozy for a baby are actually incredible risk factors,” said Chesna.

There have been 21 infants deaths in Broome County since 2005 due to unsafe sleep practices. 

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