Participating in a National Study with Implications for Preventing SIDS
Last year, DCMH was chosen as one of 36 inpatient obstetric facilities in the U.S. to participate with the Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health’s Stone Center for Epidemiology (SEC) and the Yale University School of Medicine’s nationally-funded study of attitudes and factors affecting new mothers’ infant care practices.
DCMH’s principal investigator for the SAFE Study, Sylvia Spaeth-Brayton, MSN, RNC-LRN, Clinical Nurse Specialist for Maternal Child Health, her co-investigator and nurses at DCMH ask new moms at post-partum to participate in an online or phone survey about their infant care practices when the infants are between 2-4 months of age. Embedded in the survey on feeding, vaccination and other infant care practices are questions about planned and actual sleeping practices to understand sources of influence in choosing to practice widely-accepted safe sleep precautions. One of the goals in the next phase of the study is to reinforce evidence-based safe sleeping practices in new moms since the reduction in the incidence of SIDS has leveled off recently, especially in non-white infants.
The opportunity to participate in Phase I of this multi-hospital study promotes a research culture of nursing inquiry throughout DCMH and system wide.
Comments Spaeth-Brayton, “Our IRB approval process went so smoothly, we’re in the first group [to collect data]. And, there will be an interventional, follow-up study of strategies to reduce the incidence of SIDS using a control and two experimental groups, in which DCMH will also participate. This is a very exciting opportunity for all our nurses, and gives them an incentive to get involved in research.”
In Year One of the study, a full 68 percent of of participating moms completed the survey of their infant care practices. Due to an increase in the overall delivery rate on the obstetrics service last year, DCMH will recruit more participants in year two of the study.