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Governor proclaims September Safe Sleep Month

September 10, 2013

Georgia Children’s Cabinet held a press conference at the Capitol yesterday, September 9th, on Safe Sleep Awareness.  The Georgia Children’s Cabinet is entering their second year of this awareness campaign.  In support of this initiative, Governor Deal proclaimed September as Safe Sleep Month for the state.  First Lady Sandra Deal and Co-chair Director Ballard were joined by Dr. Kathryn Cheek, a pediatrician in Columbus, and Guy Wolfe, a father and SIDS Awareness activist, as speakers for the event. Through their own personal experience and knowledge, they shared the Georgia Children’s Cabinet Safe Sleep message that all babies should sleep in a crib, on their back, and alone. These are preventable measures that parents should be aware of in order to decrease sleep related deaths- the leading cause of death between one month and twelve months of age. Dr. Cheek shared more tips on Safe Sleep practices to further protect your children while Mr. Wolfe shared his traumatic experience of losing his three month old daughter to SIDS and the call to start the Baby Butterfly Foundation, all in the effort to spread Safe Sleep and SIDS awareness across the state. The First Lady shared that letting a baby spend supervised time on their stomach during waking hours was a wonderful way to prevent flat spots on the baby’s head and spend time with them while they develop stronger muscles. Over 500 posters have been distributed to hospitals, WIC clinics, and childcare providers across the state.