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COLUMBUS — Senator Shannon Jones (R–Springboro) recently offered sponsor testimony on Senate Bill 198 before the House Health and Aging Committee, which will designate October of each year as “Sudden infant Death Syndrome Awareness Month.” Jones jointly sponsored the bipartisan measure with Senator Charleta Tavares.

Senator Jones was joined by Delphos natives Brad and Kendra Klausing from Springboro, who shared their personal experience involving SIDS with the committee members. Their daughter, Aubrey, was just over 5 months when she died unexpectedly during a nap.

“We have to find a way to stop [SIDS] from happening,” testified Kendra Klausing. “We must continue educating people about safe sleep practices to prevent as many of these deaths as possible.”

Senate Bill 198 was unanimously passed by the Ohio Senate on Oct. 16.

More than 1,000 Ohio babies die each year before reaching their first birthday, making the state 47th in the nation for infant mortality.

“As a mother, a state senator and a citizen of the state of Ohio, I have been deeply affected by the individuals I have had the privilege of meeting across the state,” said Senator Jones. “The passion of the community health workers and public health professionals continues to remind me that as a state, we can, and should, do more to ensure all of Ohio’s children celebrate their first birthday.”

According to the 2012 Ohio Child Fatality Review Report, the statewide infant mortality rate would have dropped from 7.7 to 6.6 deaths per 1,000 births had all sleep-related deaths been prevented.

Senate Bill 198 also encourages coroners and other designated officials to complete the Sudden Unexplained Infant Death Investigation (SUIDI) Reporting Form for every death that occurs before a child reaches his or her first birthday.

“Together we can do this… By passing Senate Bill 198, we are taking another step in this journey that will help keep babies safe,” added Klausing.


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