‘Project Safe Sleep’ provides sleep safety education for newborns


ONLEY, Va. – In Accomack County, one organization is tackling co-sleeping with babies through a new outreach initiative.

The Accomack-Northampton Pregnancy Center, located in Onley, introduces the Project Safe Sleep campaign. Thanks to grant funding, the project allows parents to receive a free bassinet upon completion of four video classes. Topics range from CPR to how to get your baby to fall asleep.

Organizers say the need came as many may be without stable living conditions and either in crowded or small spaces. We’re told the goal is to promote safe sleeping options for babies and provide parents with resources who need them.

“Especially when a young mom doesn’t know how she’s going to do this and she doesn’t know how she going to get ready for a baby,” said Executive Director Linda Baylis-Spence. “Every lesson is probably 20 to 30 minutes. What we want is to educate these moms and dads to make good choices and to safely care for their newborns.”

The classes are offered either online or in person. If you would like to find out more about the program or information on the center, call 757-787-1119 or drop by the center.

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