According to Island Health, it will be expanding its Baby Bed program to central and northern Vancouver Island. (The Baby Box Co. Facebook page)

Island Health expanding baby bed program in Nanaimo

Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island provides grant of $350,000

Island Health has announced that it is bolstering a program intended to prevent sleep-related deaths amongst infants.

According to a press release, the health authority is expanding its baby bed program to all new families in central and north Vancouver Island. It is intended to promote safe sleep for babies and strong connections between families and caregivers. It comes thanks to $350,000 over three years from the Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island.

The program offers beds for infants consisting of heavy cardboard, mattresses, sheets and sleepwear. Baby beds are a safe place for babies to sleep, the press release said, and that is crucial as “sleep-related deaths are the leading cause of preventable death in healthy infants.” Babies lying on their sides or stomachs, sharing beds in the presence of additional risk factors, such as parents smoking, drug usage or alcohol consumption and sleeping on a soft surface are among risk factors, the press release said.

Adrian Dix, B.C. minister of health, said program expansion is a good thing.

“I am excited that Island Health is expanding the baby bed program to more regions on Vancouver Island, thanks to the support of Children’s Health Foundation,” Dix said in the press release. “This program will bring support to more parents and families to help ensure that babies stay safe when sleeping and enjoy a healthy infancy.”

To register for a baby bed, visit www.islandhealth.ca/our-services/pregnancy-birth-services/baby-bed-program.


More from the News Bulletin on Facebook and Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Licensed cannabis store opens in Nanaimo’s north end

Mood Cannabis Company’s Metral Drive location opened Jan. 18

Two women struck by vehicle at Nanaimo intersection

One woman taken to hospital with possible broken bones

Nanaimo school district to explore trustee wage increases, benefits

SD68 staff compile report comparing trustee remuneration with five similar school districts

Cars crash on old Island Highway at Mary Ellen Drive

No injuries reported in accident, which happened at about noon

New B.C. Cannabis Store opens up shop in Parksville

Outlet at Wembley Mall open seven days per week

VIDEO: Mass coronavirus quarantines seen in China won’t happen in Canada, authorities say

‘If a case comes here, and it is probably … it will still be business as normal’

Province’s oldest practising lawyer shares advice at her 100th birthday party

Firefighters bring Constance Isherwood a cake with 100 birthday candles

Vernon woman suing McDonald’s for spilled coffee

Woman seeking nearly $10K, says employee failed to put lid on properly

Diners’ health tax not catching on in B.C., restaurant group says

Small businesses look for options to cover employer health tax

Beefs & Bouquets, Jan. 23

To submit a beef or a bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, e-mail editor@nanaimobulletin.com

Former Mountie, sports coach convicted of sex abuse in B.C. granted day parole

Alan Davidson was sentenced to almost six years for abusing seven boys in the late 1970s and early 1990s

Maintenance work sees Sunday morning ferry sailing from Nanaimo cancelled

B.C. Ferries says Queen of Cowichan’s scheduled 6:15 a.m. sailing cancelled

B.C. comic wins judgment after club owner slaps cellphone out of his hands

Incident happened last summer when Garrett Clark was performing in Abbotsford

Most Read