Safe sleep classes begin

Free infant safe sleep classes are being offered by the Ripley County Health Department.

Parents and/or caregivers of infants 12 months and younger and pregnant mothers who are within a month of their delivery date are welcome to attend, reports RCHD public health assistant Lexi Bushhorn.

"According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), more than 600 babies die each year from suffocation. That's an average of two children each day. I feel this class is important so that together we can prevent these horrific accidents."

Beginning Oct. 19, classes will be held on the third Friday of each month from 2-3 p.m. in the Ripley County Annex Commissioners Room, 102 W. First North St., Versailles.

"The participants do not need to bring anything with them to this class .... (but) if they would like to take notes, feel free to bring a pen and paper."

"After attending the class, they will have learned about statistics, the ABCs of safe sleep" and how to arrange sleeping areas correctly.

Safe sleep gifts will be handed out to those who attend the hourlong course, Bushhorn adds. "I cannot stress how important safe sleep is. We would like to thank the Indiana State Department of Health for giving us the opportunity to help our community" by funding the program and providing the materials.

To RSVP for the class, persons can contact Bushhorn at 812-689-5751, Ext. 325; or lbushhorn@ripleycounty.com. In order to ensure enough supplies, it is recommended that individuals register at least a week in advance.

Diane Raver can be contacted at diane.raver@batesvilleheraldtribune.com or 812-934-4343, Ext. 114.

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