Infant Safe Sleep

The Safe Sleep project is a strategy for addressing Sudden Unexplained Infant Death (SUID). An average of 22 otherwise healthy infants die each year in New Mexico, with their deaths attributed to SUID. The long-term health goal of this project is to reduce the number of infants dying from SUID in New Mexico. In order to accomplish this, we are providing training and technical assistance to birthing hospitals in the state in order to increase the translation of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) guidelines regarding Safe Sleep into practice in the hospital setting and in the education of new parents. The training focuses on staff working in mother-baby units or newborn nurseries. A new, online infant safe sleep training module will be available in 2021. 

In addition to training, we are also providing participating hospitals with wearable blankets to distribute to families in need. The blankets will help to keep infants warm while reducing risk of SUID that comes from blankets, quilts and comforters. Lastly, we are encouraging hospital administrators to commit to becoming Safe Sleep Certified hospitals. The certification is provided by Cribs for Kids, a national organization that focuses on preventing SUID and providing families with education and safe sleep gear.

If desired, you can claim CME for internet searching and learning.  This activity is available for up to 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.

Target Audience

Hospital staff working in mother-baby units or newborn nurseries.

Learning Objectives

  • Learners will demonstrate competence in the most current infant safe sleep practices recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
  • Learners will demonstrate competence in the ability to teach infant safe sleep practices to culturally diverse parents and families of infants.
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Faculty staff involved in planning this CME activity are required to disclose to CPL and to learners any relevant financial relationship(s) of the individual or spouse/partner that have occurred within the last 24 months with any commercial interest(s) whose products or services are discussed in the CME content. CPL has reviewed all disclosures.  No person involved in the creation of this enduring material activity disclosed any conflicts. 

Gary A. Smith, PhD

Theresa H. Cruz, PhD

Robert P. Giebitz, PhD

The University of New Mexico School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Office for Continuous Professional Learning designates this enduring materials activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Original release: September 15, 2021

Most recent review: September 15, 2021

Termination: September 15, 2022


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Required Hardware/software

Completing this module will require a computer with speakers, a web browser, and Adobe AcrobatTM.

Browser recommendations: Chrome (incognito window recommended), Safari, or Firefox.