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Linking Families and Communities donates SleepSacks to birthing centers


-Messenger photo by Kelby Wingert

Newborn Ezra Peterson sleeps cozy in the HALO SleepSack Swaddle from Linking Families and Communities. The organization is providing the SleepSacks for every baby born at UnityPoint Health - Trinity Regional Medical Center and Stewart Memorial Hospital for at least the next two years, executive director Elizabeth Stanek said.


When it comes to safely laying your little one down to sleep, experts say “back is best” and warn of the dangers of excessive bedding.


That’s why Linking Families and Communities has partnered with two local hospitals to send new parents home with a HALO SleepSack swaddle for every baby born in an effort to promote safe sleep and provide resource information to parents.


On Wednesday, LFC Executive Director Elizabeth Stanek delivered the first few boxes of the SleepSacks to the Birth Center at UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center. The SleepSacks will also be delivered to the labor and delivery unit at Stewart Memorial Community Hospital in Lake City.


“I remember being that mom a long time ago, with the baby who would not sleep — and that was before swaddling was a huge thing and we didn’t have these,” Stanek said. “I’m excited to be able to help families at home and help new moms and dads get some rest and make sure their baby stays safe.”



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