MCHbest. NPM 7: Injury Hospitilization
Strategy. Community-Based Distribution of Cribs and Safe Sleep Education to Prevent Infant Suffocation
Approach. Provide safe sleep education and distribute cribs at community baby showers to promote safe sleep.
Note: This stragegy is one of a number of evidence-based approaches addressed in NPM 5. Please see a full list of NPM 5: Safe Sleep strategies here.
Overview. Studies show that crib distribution and safe sleep education programs have positive effects on increasing mother’s knowledge and utilization of safe sleep practices.1, 2
Evidence. Moderate. Community-based crib distribution and education programs appear to be effective in increasing awareness and implementation of safe infant sleep practices. Programs based on this strategy are likely to work. This strategy has been tested more than once and results trend positive overall. Access the peer-reviewed evidence through the MCH Digital Library. (Read more about understanding evidence ratings).
Target Audience. Caregivers.
Outcome. Increased knowledge and utilization of safe sleep practices. For detailed outcomes related to each study supporting this strategy, click on the peer-reviewed evidence link above and read the "Intervention Results" for each study.
Examples from the Field. Access descriptions of ESMs for NPM 5: Safe Sleep that use this strategy directly or intervention components that align with this strategy. You can use these ESMs to see how other Title V agencies are addressing the NPM. You may also want to look at evidence that supports educational programs in other NPM topic areas that can be translated to this specific topic area.
Sample ESMs.Using the approach “Conduct safe sleep training for nurses and/or mothers in maternity wards/NICUs,” here are sample ESMs you can use as a model for your own measures using the Results-Based Accountability framework:
Note. ESMs become stronger as they move from measuring quantity to measuring quality (moving from Quadrants 1 and 3, respectively, to Quadrants 2 and 4) and from measuring effort to measuring effect (moving from Quadrants 1 and 2, respectively, to Quadrants 3 and 4).
1 Ahlers-Schmidt CR, Schunn C, Dempsy M, Blackon S. (2014-A). Evaluation of community baby showers to promote safe sleep. Kansas Journal of Medicine, 7: 1–5.
2 Hauck FR, Tanabe KO, McMurry T, Moon RY. (2015). Evaluation of Bedtime Basics for Babies: A national crib distribution program to reduce the risk of sleep-related sudden infant deaths. Journal of Community Health, 40(3): 457–463.