TOPEKA (KSNT) – Sometimes you don’t know what to expect when you’re expecting. But a community baby shower is helping teach parents how to protect their newborns.
The baby shower was organized by Heartland’s Healthy Neighborhoods’ Healthy Babies Coalition and the KIDS Network of Kansas, Inc. Anyone who is an expecting parent or care-taker was welcome to the event.
SIDS, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, definitely took center stage as one of the main issues discussed at the event.
“We are trying to teach about safe sleep for babies,” says Kay Powell, an organizer. “We are trying to reduce the incidents of SIDS.”
SIDS is one of the leading causes of baby deaths in the United States. About 3,500 babies died in 2014, according to the CDC. And according to organizers, the Hi-Crest area in Topeka sees the highest rates for baby mortality and morbidity in Kansas.