Promoting safe sleep education for at risk mothers
Breanna James, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC
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Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is an unexplained scary phenomenon that has plagued parents for years until research determined there was a link between the infants sleeping position and sudden death. Local community leaders in health and advocacy review fetal and infant deaths on an annual basis to identify ways that infant mortality may be prevented. Barriers related to social determinants of health and lack of knowledge specific to safe sleep were identified root causes. Evidence-based recommendations for safe sleep set forth by the American Academy of Pediatrics have demonstrated effectiveness in reducing mortality. The purpose of the quality improvement project was to educate expecting mothers on the risk of SIDS. The project also evaluated barriers that exist and adherence to safe sleep guidelines. At risk mothers were provided with a self-reported pre-knowledge assessment survey to assess baseline safe sleep knowledge, including barriers that might prevent them from adhering to the recommendations. Weekly virtual educational meetings were held during a four-week period. The post-intervention knowledge assessment results demonstrated that mother had safe sleeping spaces for their infants; however, they did not always place their babies in these spaces for naps or bedtime. The implementation of the “safe sleep education” had a 100 % adherence rate per the post-surveys. All of the mother’s showed interest and willingness to follow the safe sleep guidelines. COVID limited face to face educational sessions which may have impacted participant engagement in all of the project interventions.
|Type||DNP Capstone Project|
|Review Type||None: Degree-based Submission|
|Evidence Level||Quality Improvement|
|Research Approach||Qualitative Research|
|Keywords||Sudden Infant Death Syndrome;
Sudden Unexplained Infant Death;
Barriers to Safe Sleep
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