Safe Baby offers hospital and community-based education to teach parents about direct actions that they can take to protect their babies from the main causes of preventable infant deaths in Hillsborough County. Protective practices include how to choose a safe caregiver, prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome, and promote safe sleep practices.
The Safe Baby curriculum was developed by the Healthy Start Coalition of Hillsborough County based on American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations and modeled after a program developed by Dr. Mark Dias. More than 2,000 nurses in Tampa General Hospital, Florida Hospital Tampa, Brandon Regional Hospital and St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital have been trained and to use Safe Baby curriculum with patients. The Healthy Start System of care and other partnering providers offer the education to moms prenatally to provide a consistent message to all families to protect infants.