JAMESTOWN, N.D. (NewsDakota.com) – Safe sleep and infant loss come into focus during the month of October.

Tens of thousands of families across the United States are devastated each year by the death of their baby. But the grief of these families and the value of their babies’ lives are very rarely acknowledged.

Jamestown Regional Medical Center Family Birthplace Manager Emily Woodley says these safe practices they use help to decrease the risk of SIDS.

Some steps parents and caregivers can do to prevent SIDS include putting a sleeping baby on their back, using firm bedding and no soft toys in the crib, keeping a baby out of your bed, using a pacifier to put the baby to sleep, and keeping your baby from overheating.

Woodley added that as time has gone on, different studies have shown a change in how infants should be put to sleep.

A remembrance for those who have lost an infant due to SIDS, miscarriage, or stillbirth will be held on October 15th to allow families and friends to honor their babies who have passed away.

Those interested in supporting others or attending the virtual Wave of Light event can join the Facebook group Jamestown ND Area Wave of Light. Once you join the group, your baby’s name will be added to the JRMC’s remembrance video. There will be continued posts throughout October and beyond to continue providing support.

If you have questions, contact Renae Lunde, RN, in the JRMC Family BirthPlace at (701) 952-4807 or visit jrmcnd.com.

Listen to a full Let’s Talk About It with Emily Woodley and Katie Ryan-Anderson below: