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SSWC providers are committed to patient education.  This website is a testament to that, but beyond the written word, we strive to verbally keep our patients informed of their options and encourage them to seek other sources of information on a topic if they wish.

We have numerous pamphlets on a wide variety of women's health issues and will be happy to provide you with educational material pertinent to your particular situation.

If you are an internet surfer, there are two sites we recommend for reliable information on topics concerning women's healthcare. The ACOG site has brochures available for viewing.

Ob Patients Education Info (FAQ):

For childbirth classes:

For a list of common ailments in pregnancy and their recommended treatments, please click here.(pdf)

For information on substance use in pregnancy, please click here.

For information on vaccinations during pregnancy, please click here.

If you are Rh negative and want more information about how we protect you from becoming sensitized to an Rh positive baby, please click here.

For information about the blood test that screens for Open Spine Defects, Down's Syndrome and a Chromosomal Defect known as Trisomy 18, please click here.

For information about how we screen for Diabetes in Pregnancy, please click here.

To review our labor warnings please click here.(pdf)

For information about the Group B Strep Screen please click here.(pdf)

To print the Capital Medical Center pre-registration form please click here.(pdf)

For a list of local Pediatricians click here.


Safe Positioning for Skin to Skin Contact

Sudden Unexpected Postnatal Collapse

What is sudden unexpected postnatal collapse?
Sudden unexpected postnatal collapse (SUPC), also known as sudden unexpected infant death (SUID), is a term used to describe any sudden and unexpected death ocurring during infancy. SUPC is an emerging complication of skin-to-skin contact and breastfeeding in the first hours to days post-brith; 1/3 during the first two hours of life, 1/3 between 2-24 hours of life, and 1/3 between 1 and 7 days of life. It is a condition in
which a previously, seemingly health infant unexpectedly stops breathing and often requires medical interventions. (Ludington-Hoe & Morgan, 2014). In 2017, 3,600 sudden unexpected infants deaths occured in the United States, 26% of which occurred due to accidental suffocation (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2019).

What are the potential causes of SUPC?
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, SUPC can be attributed to suffocation, asphyxia, entrapment, infection, ingestions, metabolic diseases, arrhythmia-associated cardiac channelopathies, and trauma (Moon, 2016).

In the hospital, potential causes usually relate to unattended breastfeeding directly after birth, improper skin-to-skin positioning, and a disregard for safe sleep practices (Ludington-Hoe & Morgan, 2014).

What can you do to decrease the risk of SUPC?
First and foremost, you and those holding your newborn should always practice safe sleep positioning (Ludington-Hoe & Morgan, 2014). This includes placing your baby on their back to sleep as soon as the adult holding your baby becomes sleepy. Your baby should always be placed on a firm mattress, free of extra objects and loose, heavy blankets. Bed-sharing, particularly in the hospital should only occur during feeds and your baby should be moved back to their own bed after the feed. Avoid alcohol and illicit drug use after birth and avoid exposing your baby to smoke (Moon, 2016).

Someone should always be awake and aware of your newborn when they're being held, particularly in the first few hours of life. If at any point your baby shows signs of distress like difficulty in breathing or turning blue or pale, please alert the hospital staff or call 911. If you have any other questions, feel free to ask your healthcare provider.

Moon, R. Y. (2016) SIDS and other sleep-related infant deaths: Updated 2016 recommendations for safe infant sleeping environment. Pediatrics, 138(5). Doi: 10.1542/peds.2016- 2938; Ludington-Hoe, S. M. & Morgan, K. (2014). Infant assessment and reduction of sudden unexpected postnatal collapse risk during skin-to skin contact. Newborn & Infant Nursing Reviews. Retrieved from; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2019). Sudden Unexpected Infant death and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. National Vital Statistics System, Mortality Files.Retrieved from