UPMC Hospitals Recognized for Excellence in Infant Safe Sleep

By: Sierra Lomax

UPMC’s 15 birthing hospitals have been recognized by Cribs for Kids as Gold Safe Sleep Hospitals, which is the highest designation in the organization’s National Safe Sleep Certification program.  

This designation means that every patient across UPMC, under the age of one, is ensured safe sleep care, and their caregivers are educated in safe sleep practices. Cribs for Kids cited UPMC’s leadership and health care team members’ commitment to best practices, education, and community outreach as commendable. 

UPMC hospitals with birthing programs are:  

  • UPMC Altoona  
  • UPMC Carlisle 
  • UPMC Chautauqua 
  • UPMC Cole 
  • UPMC Hanover  
  • UPMC Harrisburg 
  • UPMC Horizon 
  • UPMC Lititz 
  • UPMC Magee-Womens 
  • UPMC Magee-Womens, UPMC Hamot 
  • UPMC Memorial 
  • UPMC Northwest
  • UPMC Wellsboro 
  • UPMC Western Maryland 
  • UPMC Williamsport 

UPMC Children’s Hospital is also Gold Safe Sleep certified.  

Safe sleep practices can prevent sudden unexpected infant death (and reduce other sleep-related risks and injuries. Safe sleep practices are easily remembered with “ABCD”: 

  • Alone: Babies should sleep alone and next to your bed until 12 months of age if possible. 
  • Back: Put your baby to sleep on their back, not their side or tummy. 
  • Clean, clear crib: Your baby should be placed on a firm sleep surface, and you should never place objects like bumper pads, pillows, or stuffed animals in the crib with them. 
  • Danger: Be aware, not impaired, so you remain able to care for your baby and avoid smoking or vaping near your baby to avoid the dangers of secondhand smoke and chemicals.