Fifty Free Cribs for Baldwin County Moms

Fifty Free Cribs for Baldwin County Moms

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If you live in Baldwin County, and you need a free crib, you can get one...but there's a catch. You must enroll in a one hour safe sleep class being held at each of the three Baldwin County hospitals. The B.A.M group (Babies and Mothers of Baldwin County) got a grant from the Children's Trust Fund of Alabama, to give away the cribs to low-income families. The idea behind the giveaways is to encourage parents to practice safe sleep practices.

Catherine Hanks is the Southern Division Perinatal Director of the Alabama Department of Public Health. It is her goal to reduce the infant mortality rate in the state. She says many infant deaths are caused by babies sleeping in their parents beds. In many cases, the families could not afford a crib. She says to remember that children should sleep alone in their bed with no baby bumpers. Of the bumpers, she says, "They are so beautiful and all of those quilts we make, and all of the stuffed animals, those things are great, but not in a bed." Babies can become lodged in a bumper.

Kristen Byrd is the president of the B.A.M group. She became involved because she lost her baby, William, ten years ago. He died in utero, due to an umbilical cord accident. She feels uplifted by the free crib event, because she knows she is helping other families. She says the group went with a pack-n-play style crib, because they can be moved next to a parents bed, or taken to a grandparent's home. She hopes by giving a crib away, her group will save a life. "I never want a parent to lose a child. It is not something you are supposed to do, to bury your own child."

If you would like a free crib, the classes are being held May 20th at North Baldwin Infirmary, May 23rd at South Baldwin Medical Center, and June 5th at Thomas Medical Center. All the classes are being held at 3:30PM. For more information, call  (334)262-2951.  You can also visit :https://www.facebook.com/pages/Babies-and-Moms-of-Baldwin-County-BAM/190087187692425

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