Expectant parents in Ohio can look forward to extra care with their bundle of joy thanks to a statewide partnership between healthcare providers and the Baby Box Company.
The Ohio Baby Box program is a partnership that hopes to lower the infant mortality rates in Ohio, where rates are some of the worst in the nation. Parents can sign up to take a course through Baby Box University, which teaches prenatal health, breastfeeding, safe sleep practices and newborn care.
After completing the program, parents will receive a Baby Box, a durable cardboard box that can be used as a baby's bed for the first months of life. The box also includes baby care products.
In 2017, the Ohio Baby Box program will distribute up to 140,000 Baby Boxes to ensuring that every expecting family in Ohio has access to the free resource.
"Research tells us that two of the biggest contributors to sudden, unexplained infant death are premature birth and unsafe sleep arrangements," says Margaret Larkins-Pettigrew with University Health. "This phenomenal safe sleep space program for newborns will help hospitals and nonprofits provide optimal, safe care to all expecting families in Ohio."
The Ohio Baby Box program is being launched in partnership with the Cincinnati Health Department, Richland County Health Department, University Hospital MacDonald Women's and Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospitals, Muskingum Valley Health Centers, and Babies Need Boxes among other community health organizations.
"I'm so proud to empower new parents in Ohio with the physical and educational resources they need to feel confident," Jennifer Clary said, CEO of the Baby Box Co. "Every parent has a right to the necessary tools to care for their infant and every child deserves a safe and supported start in life."
In Ohio, eligible to receive a Baby Box which includes newborn essentials such as Pampers Swaddlers diapers and baby wipes, Vroom activity cards from the Bezos Family Foundation, Lansinoh breast pads and nipple cream for breastfeeding mothers, onesie and more.
"We are proud to be part of the Baby Box programs, especially here in Ohio, Pampers' home state," Vice President of North America Baby Care with P&G E. Yuri Hermida said. "As a brand dedicated to the happy, healthy development of babies for more than 50 years, we share Baby Box Co.'s important mission to support expecting parents with health education, and support new babies with a safe sleep environment."
Ohio currently ranks 43 out of 50 states for the most significant infant mortality rates across the nation. According to Ohio Infant Mortality Data report, Ohio's infant mortality rate rose to 7.2 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2015, compared to 6.8 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2014.
How to get a Baby Box:
- Register for free online at babyboxuniversity.com as an Ohio resident. Be sure to include correct contact information, including mailing address.
- Watch the 10-15 minute Ohio syllabus at babyboxuniversity.com. After taking a short quiz, parents will receive a certificate of completion and be able to select local pick-up or direct delivery of your Baby Box.
- For direct delivery, a Baby Box will ship to the provided address. If local pick up is selected, the Baby Box University certificate to the closest participating distribution partner to collect the Baby Box.