Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal helped launch a new initiative Thursday to prevent sleep-related infant deaths.
According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, sleep-related infant deaths are the third leading cause of infant mortality in Georgia. In 2014, there were 158 sleep-related infant deaths in the state -- that's three infants a week.
To help prevent these tragedies, every birthing hospital in Georgia is taking the pledge to implement the state's hospital-based Safe to Sleep program.
Beginning May 19, every mother in Georgia will take home a package of potentially life-saving resources and educational materials. According to the Ga. Department of Public Health, every new mother will now be educated on the "ABCs of Safe Sleep.":
Alone: Babies should sleep alone in their sleep space, close to but separate from their caregiver
Back: Babies should be placed on their back to sleep. Every Sleep. Every nap. Every time.
Crib: Babies should sleep in a crib or bassinet with a firm, flat surface with no extra items such as blankets and toys.
More details of the initiative were expected to be announced on Thursday by First Lady Sandra Deal, Ga. Department of Public Health Commissioner Brenda Fitzgerald and the Georgia's Children Cabinet. Get updates on the news conference here.