Inspired by Finland’s baby box program and the country’s incredibly low infant mortality rate, Sweet Dreams Baby Bundles are designed to provide safe sleep training, prenatal care, breast-feeding assistance, and smoking cessation for mothers. Expectant mothers will complete a full continuum of care, deliver at the hospital, and come in for follow up appointments. In return, they will receive a bundle of essential supplies for baby’s first few months.
Officially Endorsed as an Indiana Bicentennial Commission Legacy Project
The Indiana Bicentennial Commission has officially endorsed Greene County General Hospital’s Sweet Dreams Baby Bundles program as a Legacy Project.
Bicentennial Commission Co-Chair, Becky Skillman, visited the hospital to talk to staff and see the Baby Bundles first hand. She was able to report back to the Commission on the quality and planning involved in the project.
“I was very impressed with the Sweet Dreams Baby Bundles program,” said Skillman. “When I visited Greene County General, the staff brought me up to the hospital’s renovated OB wing, where I was able to see and touch them. They have every good thing new parents need. This is exactly the kind of project the Commission wants to support.”
Perry Hammock, Bicentennial Commission Executive Director, said that he believed the project would be a great contribution to Indiana’s legacy. He went on to say that the Commission and its partners have a shared goal to make Indiana’s 200th birthday an event in which Hoosiers in all 92 counties will take great pride and start everyone out on the right foot for the next 100 years.
Legacy Projects are designed to highlight the best of the state, its 200 years of history, and the hope for continued progress. They must also be publicly accessible with clearly achievable goals. The Sweet Dreams Baby Bundles met those requirements, and the program and the Hospital are now listed on the Commission’s official website, Indiana2016.org. Greene County General Hospital will also be able to use the Commission’s seal as it pursues future grant opportunities. To learn more about Legacy Projects, visit the Bicentennial Commission website at www.indiana2016.org.
Greene County General Hospital Foundation Coordinator, Kyle Cross, noted that the Baby Bundles have received funding from the Utilities District of Western Indiana, REMC, as well as the Greene County Foundation’s Women of Worth group. Anyone is welcome to help fund the program. The Foundation accepts charitable donations year-round, and all contributions are tax-deductible.
Or contact the Hospital’s foundation directly at 812-699-4438.