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St. Anthony Auxiliary Helps The Birth Place Promote Education About

Thursday, 01 November 2012

“Crying is the number one trigger of shaken baby syndrome, a type of early child abuse that occurs when a person shakes an infant,” said Pat Hogan, RN, Director of The Birth Place. Shaken baby syndrome can cause blindness, brain damage or even death. It is one of the leading causes of child abuse deaths in the United States, claiming an estimated 1,400 lives each year. Nurses at The Birth Place are leading the way with education for families and infant caregivers about a shaken baby prevention program called the Period of Purple Crying®: Keeping Babies Safe.

The Period of Purple Crying® is a unique program with a goal of reaching every new mother, father, caregiver, friend and relative across Iowa.  By educating families and caregivers that infant crying is a normal stage of child development, The Period of Purple Crying® hopes to save lives and reduce cases of babies being shaken due to frustration.

The St. Anthony Auxiliary joined in raising awareness by providing handmade caps for all infants born at The Birth Place in November. The caps were crocheted by Ruth Brinks and Verena Wittrock . The hospital auxiliary also has volunteers who knit and crochet baby blankets for each baby born at St. Anthony.


Last updated ( Thursday, 01 November 2012 )

St. Anthony Regional Hospital & Nursing Home
311 S. Clark
Carroll, IA 51401