Williamsburg House of Mercy Baby Care Center partner with Baby Box Co.

Williamsburg House of Mercy Baby Care Center partner with Baby Box Co. Providing local families with free safe sleep resources and education.

Williamsburg, VA (September 25, 2017): The Baby Care Center at the Williamsburg House of Mercy has joined a global initiative to equip parents with necessary resources to give babies a safe sleep environment and a healthy start in life. The Baby Box Co. serves 52 countries supported by governments, non-profits, health organizations, and hospitals, Virginia the sixth U.S. state to offer its families a free Baby Box program. The dual purpose of the baby box educates parents and provides babies with safe sleeping environments helping families make safe and healthy choices for their children.

The Baby Box Co. was inspired by the 75 year government-funded Finnish tradition in the successful effort to reduce infants mortality rates. In 1938 at the start of the program in Finland 65 out of 1,000 babies died. Today Finland currently has the lowest infant mortality rate out of 27 of the advanced economies at 2.5 deaths for every 1,000 babies born today. However the United States infant mortality rate is one of the highest infant mortality rates of advanced economies at an average 5.9 infant deaths per 1,000. In Virginia, the rate is even higher than the national average at 7.1 infant deaths per 1,000. In Virginia 65% of infant mortality rates where neglect and abuse are ruled out are caused by unsafe sleep environments. Director of The Williamsburg House of Mercy Shannon Woloszynowsk commented on the initiative taking place in Williamsburg saying "We are excited to be partners along with the VA Department of Social Services and the Baby Box Co. in the important lifesaving education campaign geared toward safe sleep practices for infants.". The baby box provides all parents with equal access to basic life-saving sleep education and adequate resources for their babies to sleep safely.

Parents can get their baby boxes in Williamsburg by registering online at babyboxuniversity.com. From there they watch the videos on the website and take a short quiz and receive a certificate of completion. The certificate of completion may be either printed out or viewed on their phone. They can take the certificate of completion with them which to The Baby Care Center between the hours of 1:30 and 3:30 Monday through Friday or have the box delivered to them directly. All residents of Virginia who are expecting parents are eligible to receive a Baby Box.

Williamsburg House of Mercy is located at 10 Harrison Avenue, Williamsburg VA 23185. The Baby Care Center is a division of Williamsburg House of Mercy our area's only complete care center for the homeless. Trained and dedicated volunteers and staff work daily to meet the needs of the homeless and struggling in our community through financial assistance, permanent housing assistance, access to medical care and mental health services, food, transportation, and more. For more information or to volunteer please contact the Baby Care Center directly at 757-220-1416 or the Williamsburg House of Mercy at 757-253-0664.

To learn more about how to receive a Baby Box in Virginia or more information on Virginia's Baby Box partnership, visit www.babyboxco.com.

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