BILL NO A02700
SAME AS No same as
SPONSOR Peoples-Stokes (MS)
COSPNSR Lupardo, Hevesi
Amd S2803-j, Pub Health L
Relates to requiring maternity patients and the other parent of a newborn child
to be educated in safe sleeping practices.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to
requiring hospitals and birth centers to request each maternity
patient and other parent of a newborn to view a video presentation on
safe sleeping practices for newborns
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill requires hospitals and
birth centers to provide leaflets on safe and unsafe sleeping
practices and to request each maternity patient and father of a
newborn view a video presentation on unsafe and safe sleeping
practices for newborns.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1 of the bill amends Subdivision 1 to Section 2803-j of the
Public Health Law by adding a new paragraph 1-d which requires
hospitals and birth centers to distribute a leaflet prepared by the
New York State Commissioner of Health that describes safe and unsafe
sleeping practices and to provide certain statistical data regarding
fatalities from unsafe sleeping practices.
Section 2 of the bill amends Section 2803-j of the public health law
by adding a new subdivision 7 directing hospitals and birthing centers
to request each maternity patient and 'father of a newborn view a
video presentation prepared by the Commissioner of Health on safe
sleeping practices for newborns and to make such video available to
Both the leaflet and video required by these two amendments are to be
prepared in languages that will best convey such information to the
patients who frequent such hospital and birthing center.
Section 3 provides an Effective Date.
JUSTIFICATION: Deaths caused by babies being put in unsafe sleeping
environments are 100% preventable. Over a hundred of these deaths
occur in New York State each and every year. Six infant deaths in Erie
County in January of 2014 are thought to be attributable to altered
sleeping practices due to the extreme cold weather during the winter
of 2013-2014. It is evident that parents are unaware of the dangers
that unsafe sleep environments pose to their babies.
Requiring hospitals and birth centers to request each maternity
patient and father of a newborn view receive a leaflet and to view a
video presentation on safe sleeping practices for newborns would
result in more parents becoming aware of the dangers from unsafe
sleeping and taking prevent steps to prevent these avoidable tragedies
from occurring. This will ultimately save lives as more parents will
give their baby a safe sleeping environment.
This is one in a series of measures being introduced at the request of
the Erie County Executive upon the recommendation of the county's
Commissioner of Social Services to improve the provision of child
protective services to New York's children and families.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: A. 9701 as of 2013/2014
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take on the one hundred twentieth day
after it shall have become law.
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
2015-2016 Regular Sessions
I N A S S E M B L Y
January 20, 2015
Introduced by M. of A. PEOPLES-STOKES, LUPARDO, HEVESI -- read once and
referred to the Committee on Health
AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to requiring hospi-
tals and birth centers to request each maternity patient and other
parent of a newborn to view a video presentation on safe sleeping
practices for newborns
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
1 Section 1. Section 2803-j of the public health law, as amended by
2 chapter 62 of the laws of 1996, is amended by adding a new subdivision
3 1-d to read as follows:
4 1-D. THE INFORMATIONAL LEAFLET SHALL ALSO INCLUDE AN EXPLANATION OF
5 UNSAFE SLEEPING PRACTICES INCLUDING THE POTENTIAL FATAL CONSEQUENCES
6 FROM SUCH UNSAFE SLEEPING PRACTICES AND RECOMMENDED SAFE SLEEPING PRAC-
7 TICES. THE LEAFLET SHALL INCLUDE STATISTICS CONCERNING THE NUMBER OF
8 DEATHS OF INFANTS AND CHILDREN EACH YEAR SUSPECTED OR KNOWN TO BE CAUSED
9 BY UNSAFE SLEEPING PRACTICES. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL CAUSE A SUFFICIENT
10 NUMBER OF SUCH LEAFLETS TO BE PRODUCED TO ALLOW PARENTS OF NEWBORN CHIL-
11 DREN TO TAKE A LEAFLET HOME WITH THEM. THE LEAFLET SHALL BE MADE AVAIL-
12 ABLE IN LANGUAGES BEST DESIGNED TO CONVEY THE INFORMATION TO THE PARENTS
13 WHO RECEIVE MATERNITY RELATED SERVICES AT SUCH HOSPITAL OR BIRTHING
15 S 2. Section 2803-j of the public health law, as amended by chapter 62
16 of the laws of 1996, is amended by adding a new subdivision 7 to read as
18 7. EVERY HOSPITAL AND BIRTH CENTER SHALL REQUEST THAT EACH MATERNITY
19 PATIENT AND OTHER PARENT, IF AVAILABLE, OF A NEWBORN CHILD, VIEW A VIDEO
20 PRESENTATION, APPROVED BY THE COMMISSIONER, ON UNSAFE SLEEPING PRACTICES
21 INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE DANGERS OF CO-SLEEPING WITH A
22 NEWBORN, INFANT OR CHILD, THE POTENTIAL FATAL CONSEQUENCES FROM SUCH
23 UNSAFE SLEEPING PRACTICES AND RECOMMENDED SAFE SLEEPING PRACTICES. THE
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.
A. 2700 2
1 VIDEO SHALL INCLUDE STATISTICS CONCERNING THE NUMBER OF DEATHS OF
2 INFANTS AND CHILDREN EACH YEAR SUSPECTED OR KNOWN TO BE CAUSED BY UNSAFE
3 SLEEPING PRACTICES. AFTER VIEWING SUCH A VIDEO PRESENTATION OR UPON
4 REFUSAL TO VIEW SUCH A VIDEO PRESENTATION, THE HOSPITAL OR BIRTH CENTER
5 SHALL REQUEST THAT SUCH PATIENT AND/OR OTHER PARENT SIGN A FORM STATING
6 THAT THEY HAVE VIEWED OR REFUSED TO VIEW SUCH VIDEO PRESENTATION. ALL
7 TRAINING MATERIALS AND FORMS REQUIRED TO IMPLEMENT THE PROVISIONS OF
8 THIS SUBDIVISION SHALL BE PROVIDED BY THE COMMISSIONER.
9 S 3. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after
10 it shall have become a law.