Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is personal for Jackie, RN, Renown Baby & Family Suites, who lost her son to SIDS 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 Jackie, RN, Renown Baby & Family Suites.
After their baby’s 26-day stay in the Renown NICU, Jackie and her husband brought Austin home.
“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,” Jackie says.
She works in the Baby & Family Suites where she educates new moms about safe baby practices to prevent SIDS.
ABCs of Safe Sleep for Babies
Jackie now has two sons and 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.
She 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.”