Bill S7129-2013

Relates to requiring hospitals and birth centers to request each maternity patient and father of a newborn view a video presentation on safe sleeping practices for newborns

Relates to requiring hospitals and birth centers to request each maternity patient and father of a newborn view a video presentation on safe sleeping practices for newborns.

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  • Apr 30, 2014: REFERRED TO HEALTH

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BILL NUMBER:S7129

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to requiring hospitals and birth centers to request each maternity patient and father of a newborn view a video presentation on safe sleeping practices for newborns

PURPOSE:

This bill requires hospitals and birth centers to provide leaflets on safe and unsafe sleeping practices and to request each maternity patient and father of a newborn view a video presentation on unsafe and safe sleeping practices for newborns.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS OF BILL:

Section 1: amends Subdivision 1 to Section 2803-j of the Public Health Law by adding a new paragraph 1-d which requires hospitals and birth centers to distribute a leaflet prepared by the New York State Commissioner of Health that describes safe and unsafe sleeping practices and to provide certain statistical data regarding fatalities from unsafe sleeping practices.

Section 2: amends Section 2803-j of the public health law by adding a new subdivision 7 directs hospitals and birthing centers to request each maternity patient and father of a newborn view a video presentation prepared by the Commissioner of Health on safe sleeping practices for newborns and to make such video available to take home. Both the leaflet and video required by these two amendments are to be prepared in languages that will best convey such information to the patients who frequent such hospital and birthing center.

Section 3: Sets the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:

Deaths caused by babies being put in unsafe sleeping environments are 100% preventable. Over a hundred of these deaths occur in New York State each and every year. Six infant deaths in Erie County in January of 2014 are thought to be attributable to altered sleeping practices due to the extreme cold weather during the winter of 2013-2014. It is evident that parents are unaware of the dangers that unsafe sleep environments pose to their babies.

Requiring hospitals and birth centers to request each maternity patient and father of a newborn view receive a leaflet and to view a video presentation on safe sleeping practices for newborns would result in more parents becoming aware of the dangers from unsafe sleeping and taking prevent steps to prevent these avoidable tragedies from occurring. This will ultimately save lives as more parents will give their baby a safe sleeping environment.

This is one in a series of measures being introduced at the request of the Erie County Executive upon the recommendation of the county's Commissioner of Social Services to improve the provision of child protective services to New York's children and families.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

Minimal.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take on the one hundred twentieth day after it shall have become law.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ S. 7129 A. 9435 S E N A T E - A S S E M B L Y April 30, 2014 ___________
IN SENATE -- Introduced by Sen. KENNEDY -- read twice and ordered print- ed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Health IN ASSEMBLY -- Introduced by M. of A. PEOPLES-STOKES -- read once and referred to the Committee on Health AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to requiring hospi- tals and birth centers to request each maternity patient and father of a newborn view a video presentation on safe sleeping practices for newborns THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 2803-j of the public health law, as amended by chapter 62 of the laws of 1996, is amended by adding two new subdivi- sions 1-d and 7 to read as follows: 1-D. THE INFORMATIONAL LEAFLET SHALL ALSO INCLUDE AN EXPLANATION OF UNSAFE SLEEPING PRACTICES INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE DANGERS OF CO-SLEEPING WITH A NEWBORN, INFANT OR CHILD, THE POTENTIAL FATAL CONSE- QUENCES FROM SUCH UNSAFE SLEEPING PRACTICES AND RECOMMENDED SAFE SLEEP- ING PRACTICES. THE LEAFLET SHALL INCLUDE STATISTICS CONCERNING THE NUMBER OF DEATHS OF INFANTS AND CHILDREN EACH YEAR SUSPECTED OR KNOWN TO BE CAUSED BY UNSAFE SLEEPING PRACTICES INCLUDING THE NUMBER OF DEATHS FROM CO-SLEEPING PRACTICES. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL CAUSE A SUFFICIENT NUMBER OF SUCH LEAFLETS TO BE PRODUCED TO ALLOW PARENTS OF NEWBORN CHIL- DREN TO TAKE A LEAFLET HOME WITH THEM. THE LEAFLET SHALL BE MADE AVAIL- ABLE IN LANGUAGES BEST DESIGNED TO CONVEY THE INFORMATION TO THE PARENTS WHO RECEIVE MATERNITY RELATED SERVICES AT SUCH HOSPITAL OR BIRTHING CENTER. 7. EVERY HOSPITAL OR BIRTH CENTER SHALL REQUEST THAT EACH MATERNITY PATIENT AND FATHER OF A NEWBORN CHILD, IF AVAILABLE, VIEW A VIDEO PRES- ENTATION, APPROVED BY THE COMMISSIONER, ON UNSAFE SLEEPING PRACTICES INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE DANGERS OF CO-SLEEPING WITH A NEWBORN, INFANT OR CHILD, THE POTENTIAL FATAL CONSEQUENCES FROM SUCH UNSAFE SLEEPING PRACTICES AND RECOMMENDED SAFE SLEEPING PRACTICES. THE VIDEO SHALL INCLUDE STATISTICS CONCERNING THE NUMBER OF DEATHS OF
INFANTS AND CHILDREN EACH YEAR SUSPECTED OR KNOWN TO BE CAUSED BY UNSAFE SLEEPING PRACTICES INCLUDING THE NUMBER OF DEATHS FROM CO-SLEEPING PRAC- TICES. AFTER VIEWING SUCH A VIDEO PRESENTATION OR UPON REFUSAL TO VIEW SUCH A VIDEO PRESENTATION, THE HOSPITAL OR BIRTH CENTER SHALL REQUEST THAT SUCH PATIENT AND/OR FATHER SIGN A FORM STATING THAT THEY HAVE VIEWED OR REFUSED TO VIEW SUCH VIDEO PRESENTATION. ALL TRAINING MATERI- ALS AND FORMS REQUIRED TO IMPLEMENT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SUBDIVISION SHALL BE PROVIDED BY THE COMMISSIONER. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL CAUSE A SUFFICIENT NUMBER OF SUCH VIDEOS TO BE PRODUCED TO ALLOW PARENTS OF NEWBORN CHILDREN TO TAKE A VIDEO HOME WITH THEM. THE FORMAT OF THE VIDEO SHALL BE DETERMINED BY THE COMMISSIONER BUT SHALL BE AVAILABLE IN THE MOST COMMONLY USED ELECTRONIC FORMAT IN USE FROM TIME TO TIME AND SHALL BE MADE AVAILABLE IN LANGUAGES BEST DESIGNED TO CONVEY THE INFORMATION TO THE PARENTS WHO RECEIVE MATERNITY RELATED SERVICES AT SUCH HOSPITAL OR BIRTHING CENTER. S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after it shall have become a law.

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