For Professionals: Straight Talk for Infant Safe Sleep

In 2017, First Candle launched Straight Talk for Infant Safe Sleep to address the implicit bias that impacts how families learn about the safe sleep recommendations and can adopt them into their lives.  It is a train-the-trainer program for trusted community partners including nurses, OB/GYNs, doulas, social service agencies, childcare providers and faith-based leaders.  The curriculum reviews the American Academy of Pediatrics’ safe sleep guidelines, the reasons behind them and explores the social determinants and cultural beliefs unique to each community. The focus of the program is recognizing and addressing personal bias and improving communication skills to effectively engage with families.  An overview of our program can be found here.