Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Shaken Baby Awareness Stroll - April 10 Birmingham - April 25 Boston

Spring is coming (at least to the US Northeast - it may never have left Alabama).

What better time for a stroll with a few young children to raise awareness about Shaken Baby Syndrome? Boston (April 25) or Birmingham (April 10)

April 25 - Boston --Massachusetts Citizens for Children and WCVB-TV/Channel 5 announce Boston's 4th Annual Stroll for Shaken Baby Prevention on Sunday, April 25.
Babies and toddlers will be the stars of the event, as they are pushed in strollers or carried in baby carriers and slings along Boston’s historic streets by moms, dads, grandparents and other caregivers. Link to event page.

A brief pre-Stroll ceremony will include highlights of the organization's prevention efforts, remarks from families affected by SBS, and the releasing of blue and white balloons to remember infants who have died or been injured from shaking. Strollers will meet at Christopher Columbus Park in the North End, walk through portions of the Rose Kennedy Greenway and the Freedom Trail, and then wind their way through the North End back to Christopher Columbus Park.

Other sponsors joining with WCVB-TV include Boston Parents Paper, Isis Maternity and Kohl’s, the event's original sponsor whose Massachusetts stores will be contributing funds and volunteers to support the event. Uppababy Strollers, Baby Banz, BabyLegs, and Warm as a Lamb will also provide prizes and free products to strollers again this year.
April 10 - Birminghan - UAB to Host Inaugural Shaken Baby Prevention 4K Stroll and Education Fair
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Department of Pediatrics will host its inaugural Shaken Baby Prevention Program 4K Stroll and Education Fair Saturday, April 10 on the UAB Campus Green, University Boulevard, between 14th and 16th streets South. Link to brochure.

The fundraising walk will support the UAB Shaken Baby Prevention Program in its efforts to provide child-abuse prevention education in all birthing hospitals, licensed daycares and appropriate community settings across Alabama.

Early registration is $20 per person or $100 per team for up to six people and ends March 31. After that day, walk registration will be $25 per person or $125 per team for up to six people. Kids under 12 walk free. For more information or to register go to or call 205-975-5659.

There will be a sidewalk stroll path along the UAB Campus Green for families with stroller-age children and a walk path around the perimeter of the Campus Green for fast-pace walkers. There also will be a kids zone with free games, crafts and activities for kids of all ages, an education fair featuring nonprofit agencies working to prevent child abuse and merchants and vendors with products and services to sample.

The UAB Shaken Baby Prevention Program is a hospital-based maternity education program within UAB Hospital, Cooper Green Mercy Hospital and UAB Medical West designed to decrease the number of child-abuse and shaken baby syndrome victims in Alabama.
Through a partnership with the Children's Trust Fund of Alabama and the Alabama Child Death Review System, parents are educated on the dangers of shaking small children and taught healthy ways to respond to infant crying before they leave the hospital with their new baby.
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Along with the hospital-based work, the Shaken Baby Prevention Program is active in the community. The program administers community and school education events plus training sessions for nurses, social workers and child-care providers to increase awareness of the dangers of shaking an infant and to teach safe and effective methods to calm a crying infant.

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