Through private and public organizational collaboration, Safe Baby works to empower parents and caregivers to protect their infants. Safe Baby teaches parents how to choose a safe caregiver for their children, prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome, and promote safe sleep. The ultimate goal is to prevent infant mortality and protect our community’s children.
Safe Baby offers community-based education to teach parents what they can do to protect their infants from three leading causes of preventable deaths as determined by the Healthy Start Coalition’s Fetal Infant Mortality Review team. Hospitals, pediatric offices, child care centers and partner agencies receive comprehensive training along with a curriculum and parent materials to teach families about direct actions that they can take to protect their babies from the main causes of preventable infant deaths in Hillsborough County.
The goal of Safe Baby is to prevent infant deaths by teaching new and expecting parents how to choose a safe caregiver, prevent shaken baby syndrome and follow safe sleep practices. Nurses, social workers, and medical staff in labor and delivery facilities are Safe Baby’s primary target audience to reach families. An educational DVD and brochure to reinforce parents’ understanding of these topics accompany the written curriculum. Parents are also asked to read and sign the “Promise to Protect My Baby” letter to solidify their commitment to keep their baby safe.
To Date, Safe Baby Has Been Implemented In:
Tampa General Hospital
St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital
Florida Hospital Tampa
Brandon Regional Hospital
Healthy Start Program
Healthy Families Hillsborough
Children’s Board Family Resource Centers
Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office – Child Protection Investigators
University of South Florida Medical School
Hillsborough County Community College School of Nursing
Hillsborough County Childcare Licensing Office
University of South Florida Child Protection Team
Mary Lee’s House
Success 4 Kids & Families
St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital
St. Joseph’s Children’s Wellness and Safety Center
Safe Baby Plus is a free developmental screening and education program offered to help new parents keep track of their baby’s earliest developmental stages up to age one. Parents receive developmental monitoring and guidance, helpful free resources, activity and play ideas, updates for the baby’s pediatrician and special developmental gifts during the year long program conducted by mail. Funding is provided by the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County.
How do I find more information about Safe Baby & Safe Baby Plus?
Resources and education on how to keep your baby safe are available on the website at www.healthysafebaby.org. To schedule a training, call 813-233-2800.