The main aim of this project is to test the effectiveness of infant safe sleep methods and breastfeeding rates among mothers who were followed for their pregnancy at Tufts Medical Center. We will survey mothers in the Mother Infant Unit after delivery to find out about their knowledge and understanding of safe sleep methods and breastfeeding. We will also be following up mothers 2 weeks after discharge from the hospital to ask questions about their practice at home for infant's safe sleep.
- Women of childbearing age (18-55 years)
- Women who received prenatal care at Tufts Medical Center
- Women who deliver >35 weeks GA
- Should agree to receive a follow up phone call at 2 weeks after discharge from the hospital
- Women who transfer care to Tufts after 24 weeks gestation
- Women who deliver <35 weeks GA
- Women transferred for NICU proximity
- Women who do not agree to the followup phone call at 2 week postdischarge
The research team will approach the mothers in the MIU and discuss the study in detail. At the time of discharge mothers will be interviewed by the research team using a structured set of questions about their experience while in MIU in terms of teaching about breastfeeding and safe sleep.
At two weeks, research team member wilt conduct follow up phone calls with mothers who have consented. Prior to the phone call, researchers will review the chart to ascertain race & ethnicity and infant feeding at the time of discharge. The researchers will use a structured phone interview and collect responses.