First Lady Sue Snyder Speaks Out on Safe Sleep for Infants

By Reinvention Blog | April 04, 2014

Did you know that nearly 150 infants die each year in Michigan as a result of unsafe sleep environments? Those deaths are 100% preventable.

First Lady Sue Snyder recently spoke to the Senate Healthy Policy Committee on the importance of safe sleep for infants.

Click here to learn more about this important issue, including lifesaving tips.

Read the First Lady's remarks below:


March 27, 2014

Good morning Chairman Marleau and members of the committee. I want to thank you for allowing me to be here today to discuss this very important topic.

I can remember being a new mother so clearly. There is nothing that you would not do for your baby. But for too many families in Michigan that instinct to nurture ... to protect ... and to comfort ... turns to tragedy when the baby is placed in an unsafe sleeping environment, including co-sleeping with another person.

Educating parents about the importance of safe sleep for their infants is vital.

That's why I support the efforts of the Department of Community Health and the Department of Human Services.

The death of an infant is both tragic and heartbreaking, but never more so than when it was 100 percent preventable. The untimely loss of a child -- a loved one whose absence will always be felt -- reverberates through a family and, very often, the entire community. I hope we can spare every family in Michigan the pain and regret that comes from these unnecessary deaths.

We must continue to remind our sisters, our brothers, our neighbors and our friends that while we may want to hold our babies close at night, the only safe place for infants to sleep is alone, on their backs and in a crib of their own free from toys, pillows and bumpers.

The pain that we saw on the video, expressed by those parents, is a grief that is unfortunately shared by far too many who have lost a child to an unsafe sleep environment.

It's a grief felt by us all.

I am here to once again lend my voice and my heart to stopping these entirely preventable losses of life.

Today you will take another important step forward and vote on legislation to further our safe sleep education and awareness efforts across Michigan.

Together, we are all on a mission. A mission to educate parents and caregivers about safe sleep, and ensure no family should ever have to mourn a child because they do not understand the tragic consequences of unsafe sleep practices with infants.

Chairman Marleau, members of the Senate committee, I thank you again for allowing me to be here to talk to you about this very important topic.