West Virginia’s First Lady Launches Program to Keep Your Sleeping Children Safe


West Virginia’s first lady and health officials across the state are making sure new parents are putting their children to bed safely. 

Joanne Tomblin and Wheeling Hospital are teaming up to give new parents advice on the proper way for their kids to go to sleep. 

“We have a very poor infant mortality rate in this state. We need to keep the babies safe and sound. This campaign has been going on for several years, but we seem to be picking up more hospitals as time goes on,” added Tomblin. 

The campaign, championed by first lady Joanne Tomblin, is making sure hospitals in West Virginia are educating all parents about safe sleeping practices for their children.

“We are now seeing that 100% of the time babies are being put in a safe sleeping environment in our hospital,” said Dr. Judy Romano the Director of Wheeling Hospital’s Center for Pediatrics.

Dr. Romano also told 7News a lot of new parents may be tempted to take their newborns to bed and co-sleep, but doctors warn against this practice their take-away is as simple as ABC. 

“A-B-C. When you’re placing your baby to sleep: A your baby needs to be alone, B on her back and C in her crib,” said Dr. Romano. 

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