Workshop to address issue of sudden infant deaths

Posted: February 11, 2014

Star staff report

Winchester — Health professionals, child-care workers, social workers and other community members are invited to join a local coalition to address the issue of Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID).

“We want all groups to be part of the coalition,” said Dr. Charles Devine, director the Lord Fairfax Health District — which is comprised of Winchester and Frederick, Clarke, Warren, Shenandoah and Page counties.

SUID, the leading cause of infant death in Virginia, could be the result of accidents, abuse, previously undiagnosed cardiac or metabolic conditions or suffocation. Babies born prematurely or with low birth weight are particularly vulnerable.

A workshop will held from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 18 in Stimpson Auditorium at Halpin-Harrison Hall, 600 Millwood Ave. on the Shenandoah University campus.

Workshop attendees will learn the most up-to-date recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics on safe infant sleep practices.

The program is free and open to the public. Registration is required. A certificate of training will be issued to all attendees.

Speakers will be Emily Womble, child fatality review coordinator for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner at the Virginia Department of Health, and Sharon Veith, perinatal outreach coordinator for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Virginia.

SU received a grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to help pay for the workshop.

To register for the workshop, call 540-536-4113 or email jmidkiff@valleyhealthlink.com by Wednesday.