SIDS is Personal for Nurse Who Works with New Moms


SIDS is personal for nurse Jackilyn Hawks, RN, Renown Baby & Family Suites, who lost her son to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome when he was less than a month old. She is passionate about educating new parents on the importance of safe sleep for newborns and is on a mission to use her tragic experience to help others.

“Before I had my baby, I never thought it would happen to me,” says Jackilyn Hawks, RN, Renown Baby & Family Suites.

Nearly five years ago, Jackilyn and her husband brought Austin home after his 26-day stay in the Renown NICU.

“I woke up that morning to feed him and we were both exhausted, so we laid down in bed and fell asleep. When I woke up, he was already gone,” Jackilyn says.

She works in the Baby & Family Suites where she educates new moms about safe baby practices to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Jackilyn now has two sons – a 6-month-old and 2-year-old.

ABCs of Safe Sleep for Babies

At home she follows the ABCs (alone, back, crib) of safe sleep – putting baby in the crib alone, on his back with nothing else but the mattress, a sheet and safe pacifier.

Jackilyn adds, “When they are not sleeping, there is also breastfeeding, there’s tummy time, there’s snuggling, but the biggest thing is I always breastfeed him at night in a chair sitting up to stay awake because that’s how I lost my baby – sleeping while breastfeeding.”