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Record Low Sleep-Related Infant Deaths in 2014

When B’more for Healthy Babies launched in 2009, Baltimore City experienced 27 sleep-related infant deaths – a record high for the city. On July 22, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen announced, that in 2014, that number was down to 13, the lowest ever recorded in Baltimore City’s history.

Our first campaign phase, SLEEP SAFE, focused on educating parents and caregivers about safe sleep practices. In order to continue our progress, we recently launched a new phase including smoke-free messaging. In the words of Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen:

“Education is the key to changing behavior to prevent these tragic deaths. The proper sleeping environment is critical.  That means everyone needs to know the ABCs of Safe Sleep - that babies should be put to sleep on Alone, on their Backs, and in Cribs, without exposure to secondhand smoke.  This is the best way to ensure babies stay healthy and are ready to thrive.”

As we celebrate this milestone, B’more for Healthy Babies and our many partners remain committed to making sure that all babies in Baltimore City are born healthy and ready to thrive in strong families and communities.

To learn more about our progress and future directions, please read the press release from Baltimore City Health Department

Media Stories

Baltimore reports sleep-related infant deaths continue to tick down (Baltimore Sun)

Baltimore reports record low 13 sleep-related infant deaths (WBAL-TV)

Baltimore reports record low 13 sleep-related infant deaths (WMAR)

Baltimore Reports Record Low 13 Sleep-Related Infant Deaths (WNEW / WJZ)

Baltimore reports record low 13 sleep-related infant deaths (Washington Post)


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