“This is a very generous and touching gift,” said Jan Maxfield, Director of Women and Children’s Care at Rice Memorial Hospital.
Not only does every newborn go home with a Halo® SleepSack™, but all babies born at the hospital will also be swaddled in the sacks during their stay. The first New Year baby born at Rice will also receive two additional sleep sacks in a larger size.
Becky Bruns, a resident of Danube and the founder of the Dominick Bruns Memorial Fund, said she has been dreaming about this day since 2008, the year her infant son, Dominick, passed away from SIDS. What began as a fundraising project to provide Halo® SleepSacks™ to area hospitals has now grown into a much larger cause. Along with the sleep sack project (nicknamed “Sweet Dreams from Baby D”), the Dominick Bruns Memorial Fund is also working to provide information on SIDS and “rebreathing” accidents to hospitals, county prenatal programs, and other sources of information to new parents.
While SIDS remains a medical mystery, “rebreathing” accidents are 100% preventable, explained Bruns. “All humans exhale carbon dioxide when they breathe. ‘Rebreathing’ happens when babies inhale that bad air after it builds up around their head.”
Rebreathing can happen if a baby is placed on his stomach, or if there are hazardous items placed in the crib, like blankets, stuffed animals, or crib bumpers. A baby’s nervous system is not developed enough to alert them to turn their head and avoid the “bad air.” This rebreathing can result in carbon dioxide poisoning and death.
Halo® SleepSacks™ are available for purchase through the Dominick Bruns Memorial Fund. Donations are also accepted. For more information, please visit www.dominickbrunsmemorial.com.