Barb Knoll, CNM ret.
midwife, business owner
I am a Certified Nurse Midwife with 43 years in Nursing of which 24 have been in Midwifery. Having delivered over 1,800 babies I know the desire of every parent to protect their infants. Those who know what SIDS is (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome — known as Cot Death in New Zealand) it leaves much fear in their hearts as they put their babies down to sleep.
Many mothers have told me their loss of sleep during the first few months after delivery was more due to their frequent checking to see if the baby was still breathing, rather than the baby crying and waking them up. I am convinced that mattress-wrapping with the BabeSafe® mattress covers protects babies from SIDS.
In the course of my practice I have seen the sad deaths of babies who were sleeping on unwrapped mattresses; yet in New Zealand there have been no reported SIDS deaths among the more than 245,000+ babies who have slept on mattresses wrapped with BabeSafe® mattress covers and using the specified bedding for a wrapped mattress, 100% cotton with no padding.
I became a BabeSafe distributor in December of 2002 after the son of one of our L&D nurse’s died of SIDS. Patrick was 6½ months old. He was in day care when it happened and it devastated everyone involved. I found an article about the work of Dr. Sprott in New Zealand shortly after this happened and the rest is history. The effectiveness of the covers impressed me. A photo of Patrick is on our Dedication page and sketched in our company logo. In 2004 we started online with Baby Mattress Covers. In 2008 we incorporated for liability sake into Baby Mattress Covers, LLC.