The Pine Bluff Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., is reaching out to new and expectant mothers to teach safe sleep for babies. On April 17, 2013, Delta Sigma Theta launched its first Community Baby Shower at Dr. Christy Walker’s OB-GYN Clinic with twenty-three moms in attendance. Tonia Ailsworth took the lead in the training session on Safe Sleep for Babies and SIDS Prevention. Other Delta committee members participated in providing healthy snacks, door prizes, and game time.
Lisa Scott, became the very proud winner of Delta’s grand prize and took home a beautiful Pac and Play for her new baby. Through SISTERS UNITED, our baby showers are created to reduce the risk of Sleep-Related Infant Deaths in our communities. The efforts of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority are essential to the health and well-being of pregnant mothers because they are encouraged to commit to 40 weeks of early and continuous prenatal care, staying fit, eating balanced meals, and keeping their baby safe and healthy.
The Arkansas Department of Health’s Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities along with the Family Health branch have joined efforts to develop a community-based initiative called SISTERS UNITED. This is a partnership among graduate chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., where participants are working together to spread messages in the African American communities directed at reducing the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths.
Research has shown that effective ways to decrease infant mortality is to stress the following: consumption of folic acid by women before conception getting a flu shot while pregnant using safe sleep positions for babies by placing babies on their backs during every sleep time. Lay babies to sleep on a firm sleep surface covered by a fitted sheet. Put babies to sleep in a separate sleep area, but the same room as yourself.
Committee members include, Tonia Ailsworth, Mary Flowers, Vickie Hicks,Elizabeth Taylor, Reneisha Ward, Christy Walker, MD., and Deidra Walters.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was founded on the campus of Howard University, at Washington D.C., on January 13, 1913. Today membership exceeds 200,000 women in 900 chapters, grouped in seven regions according to geographic areas. These chapters are located in forty-two of the fifty states including Alaska, the District of Columbia, Nassau, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Haiti, the Republic of Liberia in West Africa, Frankfort, Germany, and Seoul Korea.