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Center for Research for Infant Birth and Survival

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Each year, 230 Kansas infants die before their first birthday. The purpose of the Center for Research for Infant Birth and Survival (CRIBS) is to eradicate preventable infant death in Kansas. CRIBS will do this by providing expertise in program evaluation, research, dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices related to maternal and infant health. In addition, CRIBS will develop an implementation network in which to roll out programs and best practices throughout the state.

Current Projects

  • Baby Talk Prenatal Education Program (Sedgwick County): Baby Talk is designed to address key causes of infant mortality. It serves pregnant women who are at high risk for poor birth outcomes, and their support people. Participants attend six two-hour classes promoting evidence-based health and safety practices. This project is funded by a KDHE Aid to Local grant.
  • Statewide Safe Sleep Instructor Infrastructure: In partnership with the KIDS Network, a certification program was developed to imbed regional Safe Sleep Instructors across the state. Certified Safe Sleep Instructors provide standardized education to professionals and families regarding the American Academy of Pediatrics Safe Sleep Guidelines. Instructors also are trained to facilitate community safe sleep baby showers, assist hospitals in receiving national certification for safe sleep through Cribs for Kids©, and embed the Safe Sleep Toolkit in outpatient physician offices. The project is funded by a KDHE Aid to Local grant.
  • One Key Question Quality Improvement Project: This multidisciplinary project involved training champions from Obstetrics, Family Medicine and Adolescent Medicine on the evidence-informed One Key Question program. The premise of the program is to engage women of childbearing age in a discussion regarding their intentions to become pregnant in the next year and to provide appropriate counseling based on their response. Quality improvement projects involving use of the program with resident physicians are underway. The project is funded by the March of Dimes.
  • Mindful Meditation to Improve Birth Outcomes Grant: A proposal is under review for a pilot project to evaluate use of a mindfulness-based intervention with pregnant women at high risk of poor birth outcomes. The practice of mindfulness has been shown to reduce perinatal psychologic distress, however most research has been conducted with relatively well educated, non-Hispanic white women in stable relationships. If funded, the pilot project will assess the intervention in a cohort of women who experience multiple adversities.
Last modified: Feb 01, 2019
Get Involved

CRIBS is currently seeking clinical and community partners! If you are interested in helping us reduce infant mortality in Kansas, contact:

Cari Schmidt

Board of Directors

Statewide Symposium

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