senate Bill S7129

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to requiring hospitals and birth centers to request each maternity patient and father of a newborn view a video presentation on safe sleeping practices for newborns

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S7129 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9435
Current Committee:
Senate Health
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง2803-j, Pub Health L

S7129 - Bill Texts

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Relates to requiring hospitals and birth centers to request each maternity patient and father of a newborn view a video presentation on safe sleeping practices for newborns.

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BILL NUMBER:S7129

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 father of a newborn view a video presentation on safe
sleeping practices for newborns

PURPOSE:

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 PROVISIONS OF BILL:

Section 1: 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: amends Section 2803-j of the public health law by adding a
new subdivision 7 directs 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 take home.
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: Sets the 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.


FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

Minimal.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take on the one hundred twentieth day after it shall
have become law.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

    S. 7129                                                  A. 9435

                      S E N A T E - A S S E M B L Y

                             April 30, 2014
                               ___________

IN SENATE -- Introduced by Sen. KENNEDY -- read twice and ordered print-
  ed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Health

IN  ASSEMBLY  --  Introduced by M. of A. PEOPLES-STOKES -- 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 father of
  a  newborn  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:

  Section  1.  Section  2803-j  of  the public health law, as amended by
chapter 62 of the laws of 1996, is amended by adding  two  new  subdivi-
sions 1-d and 7 to read as follows:
  1-D.  THE  INFORMATIONAL  LEAFLET SHALL ALSO INCLUDE AN EXPLANATION OF
UNSAFE SLEEPING PRACTICES INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE DANGERS  OF
CO-SLEEPING  WITH A NEWBORN, INFANT OR CHILD, THE POTENTIAL FATAL CONSE-
QUENCES FROM SUCH UNSAFE SLEEPING PRACTICES AND RECOMMENDED SAFE  SLEEP-
ING  PRACTICES.  THE  LEAFLET  SHALL  INCLUDE  STATISTICS CONCERNING THE
NUMBER OF DEATHS OF INFANTS AND CHILDREN EACH YEAR SUSPECTED OR KNOWN TO
BE CAUSED BY UNSAFE SLEEPING PRACTICES INCLUDING THE  NUMBER  OF  DEATHS
FROM  CO-SLEEPING  PRACTICES.  THE COMMISSIONER SHALL CAUSE A SUFFICIENT
NUMBER OF SUCH LEAFLETS TO BE PRODUCED TO ALLOW PARENTS OF NEWBORN CHIL-
DREN TO TAKE A LEAFLET HOME WITH THEM. THE LEAFLET SHALL BE MADE  AVAIL-
ABLE IN LANGUAGES BEST DESIGNED TO CONVEY THE INFORMATION TO THE PARENTS
WHO  RECEIVE  MATERNITY  RELATED  SERVICES  AT SUCH HOSPITAL OR BIRTHING
CENTER.
  7. EVERY HOSPITAL OR BIRTH CENTER SHALL REQUEST  THAT  EACH  MATERNITY
PATIENT  AND FATHER OF A NEWBORN CHILD, IF AVAILABLE, VIEW A VIDEO PRES-
ENTATION, APPROVED BY THE COMMISSIONER,  ON  UNSAFE  SLEEPING  PRACTICES
INCLUDING,  BUT  NOT  LIMITED  TO,  THE  DANGERS  OF  CO-SLEEPING WITH A
NEWBORN, INFANT OR CHILD, THE POTENTIAL  FATAL  CONSEQUENCES  FROM  SUCH
UNSAFE  SLEEPING  PRACTICES AND RECOMMENDED SAFE SLEEPING PRACTICES. THE
VIDEO SHALL INCLUDE  STATISTICS  CONCERNING  THE  NUMBER  OF  DEATHS  OF

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD14764-01-4

S. 7129                             2                            A. 9435

INFANTS AND CHILDREN EACH YEAR SUSPECTED OR KNOWN TO BE CAUSED BY UNSAFE
SLEEPING PRACTICES INCLUDING THE NUMBER OF DEATHS FROM CO-SLEEPING PRAC-
TICES.   AFTER VIEWING SUCH A VIDEO PRESENTATION OR UPON REFUSAL TO VIEW
SUCH  A  VIDEO  PRESENTATION, THE HOSPITAL OR BIRTH CENTER SHALL REQUEST
THAT SUCH PATIENT AND/OR FATHER SIGN  A  FORM  STATING  THAT  THEY  HAVE
VIEWED  OR REFUSED TO VIEW SUCH VIDEO PRESENTATION. ALL TRAINING MATERI-
ALS AND FORMS REQUIRED TO IMPLEMENT THE PROVISIONS OF  THIS  SUBDIVISION
SHALL  BE  PROVIDED  BY THE COMMISSIONER. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL CAUSE A
SUFFICIENT NUMBER OF SUCH VIDEOS TO BE  PRODUCED  TO  ALLOW  PARENTS  OF
NEWBORN CHILDREN TO TAKE A VIDEO HOME WITH THEM. THE FORMAT OF THE VIDEO
SHALL  BE  DETERMINED  BY THE COMMISSIONER BUT SHALL BE AVAILABLE IN THE
MOST COMMONLY USED ELECTRONIC FORMAT IN USE FROM TIME TO TIME AND  SHALL
BE  MADE  AVAILABLE IN LANGUAGES BEST DESIGNED TO CONVEY THE INFORMATION
TO THE PARENTS WHO RECEIVE MATERNITY RELATED SERVICES AT  SUCH  HOSPITAL
OR BIRTHING CENTER.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after
it shall have become a law.

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