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United Hospital Center hosted a seminar Wednesday to train representatives from 12 different hospitals on a project called, "Say Yes to Safe Sleep for Babies."

Two representatives from "Our Babies: Safe and Sound" taught the group what they should be teaching new parents about how to keep their babies safe while sleeping.

"We'll teach moms that babies need to go to sleep on their back, the crib needs to be just a firm mattress, no bumper pads, no pillows or toys, anything too plush in the bed. Babies always need their own crib and own space not in the parents bed," said Lee Ann Romeo, of United Hospital Center.

The leading cause of injury-related death for West Virginia infants under the age of 1 is suffocation and strangulation in an adult bed or other unsafe sleep surfaces.

"Over the past three years, on average, 35 babies have died as a result of unsafe sleep conditions. We're helping to get the word and information to parents about how to keep their babies safe while they're sleeping," said Eileen Barker, of Our Babies: Safe and Sound.

The educational campaign also showcased the "Keep your Cool" project, which focused on ways to cope with frustrations resulting from frequent, constant or inconsolable baby crying, which is often a trigger for incidents to shaken baby syndrome.

For more information, go to the Our Babies: Safe and Sound website.