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Local group saving children’s lives

Putnam County Rotarian Beth Acuncius (from left) hosted Aden Lamps Foundation founder Ashley Lamps and supporters Jenna Gehm and Jodie Goetz to discuss the sad but important issue of avoidable infant deaths due to suffocation. The Foundation urges parents and caregivers to use safe sleep habits and to never provide pillows, crib bumpers or loose blankets to infants.
Putnam County Rotarian Beth Acuncius (from left) hosted Aden Lamps Foundation founder Ashley Lamps and supporters Jenna Gehm and Jodie Goetz to discuss the sad but important issue of avoidable infant deaths due to suffocation. The Foundation urges parents and caregivers to use safe sleep habits and to never provide pillows, crib bumpers or loose blankets to infants.

GRANVILLE — As many as 3,500 infants die annually due to unsafe sleeping conditions — tragedies that several local moms are doing everything in their power to prevent.

Ashley Lamps of Spring Valley was the featured speaker at Putnam County Rotary’s Oct. 10 meeting, joined by Jodie Goetz and Jenna Gehm. Hosted by PC Rotarian Beth Acuncius, they shared their personal stories and the founding of the Aden Lamps Foundation — dedicated to safe sleep for infants.

In 2013, the Lamps’ 5-month-old son fell victim to SUIDS — Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Syndrome — while at a caregiver’s home. Jodi’s newborn infant had died in 2010 due to unsafe sleep positioning while breast-feeding at the hospital. They have turned tragedy to a mission of saving children by educating parents and providing safe sleep packages to newborns through local hospitals and organizations.

The group urges parents and caregivers to never provide infants with baby blankets, pillows or crib bumpers that too often obstruct a baby’s ability to breathe. They advocate for babies to sleep on their backs in a blanket “sleep sack” that keeps them warm and safe, at least until their first birthday. The baby package they provide to each family includes the baby’s first sleep sack.

Additional sleep sacks and resources are available by contacting the Foundation at adenlampsfoundation@gmail.com.

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