Mercer Health’s Childbirth Center has been recognized as a “Gold Safe Sleep Hospital” by the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program. This recognition is due to the center’s dedication to best practices and education on infant safe sleep, following the guidelines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The program was created by Cribs for Kids®, a national organization focused on preventing infant sleep-related deaths due to SUID and accidental suffocation.
As a Nationally Certified Safe Sleep Hospital, Mercer Health provides training programs for healthcare team members and family caregivers at the highest available designation level. Michael H. Goodstein, M.D., a neonatologist and the medical director of research at Cribs for Kids, emphasized the importance of modeling safe infant sleep in hospitals and providing education to families. He stated that more than 3,500 infants die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) in the U.S. every year.
Ashley Piper, RN, OB Clinical Coordinator for the Childbirth Center at Mercer Health expressed pride in joining the national effort to reduce infant mortality. She highlighted the hospital’s commitment to promoting safe sleep and providing evidence-based information to parents and caregivers. For more information on the program visit
The picture provided features Ashley Piper alongside Danielle Dues, the Childbirth Center Manager.