... doulas generally undergo training related to the physical, emotional, and social aspects of pregnancy, labor, and the newborn days, they have vast experience which can be used to help a delivering woman stay calm and focused, ask the right questions to feel comfortable with medical decisions, and adapt to the new reality of caring for a tiny baby.
The safest place for a baby to sleep is on his/her back, in an empty crib (no blankets, pillows, or stuffed animals), ideally in the same room as a parent. These steps are linked to a much lower rate of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and infant suffocation. Since the National Institute for Health launched the Safe to Sleep campaign (previously called Back to Sleep) in 1994, SIDS deaths have declined 50 percent while rates of back-sleeping have increased. The campaign works with pediatricians and other medical professionals as well as community leaders to communicate the basics of safe sleep and connect families with resources to help address issues they face.
At the Institute for Child Success, our primary goal is to create a culture that facilitates and fosters the success of all children. The Institute’s three core pillars – Research, Policy, and Integration – support that goal. These pillars, and the programs that are dedicated to each, are the foundation of our groundbreaking, systems-based approach.