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Baby Bed Project

Overview:

A small working group of nurses and administration developed a plan on how to achieve their goal of providing a Baby Bed to every family that lives in Port Alberni and in all West Coast Communities on Vancouver Island.

It has been well worth the initial time and commitment to move this project off the ground. Since that time it continues on a yearly basis with ongoing support from our hospital and also within the health authority. It requires a strong collaboration between public health, first nations and hospital perinatal department. That connection still continues and is necessary for ongoing stability of the project.

Why was there a need for your rural health innovation?

A few years ago provincial data revealed a rise in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) among babies through the province, with some of the highest numbers occurring on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. At our local hospital and public health we noted benefits of a well established Baby Bed program in Finland. This program provides a Baby Box/Bed to all new families in Finland that includes a fitted mattress and sheet for safe sleep option for newborns. We wanted to try to bring this same program to new families in Port Alberni and to the West Coast.

What rural health innovation did you create—and how did you do it?

A small working group of nurses (hospital, public health, first nations) and administration developed a plan on how to achieve our goal of providing a Baby Bed to every family that lives in Port Alberni and in all West Coast Communities on Vancouver Island.

We identified a company in California that was making Baby Beds and selling internationally. We attempted to find a provincial company or even one in Canada, but there was no one available to produce what we were looking for.

A proposal was developed and presented to the West Coast General Hospital (WCGH) Foundation and WCGH Ladies Auxiliary fundraising committee. They were in support of the proposal.

What impact is your rural health innovation having in your community?

The Baby Bed Program has now been running for last five years and since that time has received ongoing support for new families. It has also been supported by the Island Health Authority for needy families. It has been well received over the years and our initial evaluation had many positive comments such as : “This has given me a safe space for my baby to sleep in” “Wonderful program to support me and my baby”.

Safe Sleep

West Coast Baby Bed Proposal 2018

Baby Bed

How Did this Information Help?

Why was there a need for your rural health innovation?

A few years ago provincial data revealed a rise in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) among babies through the province, with some of the highest numbers occurring on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. At our local hospital and public health we noted benefits of a well established Baby Bed program in Finland. This program provides a Baby Box/Bed to all new families in Finland that includes a fitted mattress and sheet for safe sleep option for newborns. We wanted to try to bring this same program to new families in Port Alberni and to the West Coast.

What rural health innovation did you create—and how did you do it?

A small working group of nurses (hospital, public health, first nations) and administration developed a plan on how to achieve our goal of providing a Baby Bed to every family that lives in Port Alberni and in all West Coast Communities on Vancouver Island.

We identified a company in California that was making Baby Beds and selling internationally. We attempted to find a provincial company or even one in Canada, but there was no one available to produce what we were looking for.

A proposal was developed and presented to the West Coast General Hospital (WCGH) Foundation and WCGH Ladies Auxiliary fundraising committee. They were in support of the proposal.

What impact is your rural health innovation having in your community?

The Baby Bed Program has now been running for last five years and since that time has received ongoing support for new families. It has also been supported by the Island Health Authority for needy families. It has been well received over the years and our initial evaluation had many positive comments such as : “This has given me a safe space for my baby to sleep in” “Wonderful program to support me and my baby”.

Safe Sleep

West Coast Baby Bed Proposal 2018

Baby Bed

 

Contact(s):

Glenda Bertolucci, Quality Improvement Nurse, Rural Surgical Obstetrical Network (RSON)

Phone:

Community:

Port Alberni

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