Results of 6-Month Telephone Follow-up Survey (N = 320)

QuestionYes Responses, n (%)
1. While you were in the hospital after the birth of your baby, do you remember receiving information about how to care for your baby if he or she cries a lot?283 (88.4)
    What information were you given? (open-ended follow-up question after “yes” response [no choices offered])
        Video104 (32.5)
        Written material79 (24.7)
        Other information related to coping with cryinga36 (11.3)
        Other information related to general child care35 (10.9)
        Do not recall or no response66 (20.6)
2. Do you remember anyone speaking with you about the dangers of shaking your baby?263 (82.2)
3. Do you remember receiving any written material about preventing shaken baby syndrome?284 (88.8)
4. Do you remember watching a video about shaken baby syndrome?313 (97.8)
5. Do you remember signing a form acknowledging that you had received information about shaken baby syndrome?303 (94.7)
6. Since you left the hospital, have you seen or received any other materials or information about shaken baby syndrome or what to do when your baby cries a lot?b43 (13.4)
7. Can you think of any situation where your baby cried a lot and the information you received about shaken baby syndrome was helpful to you?178 (55.6)
8. Have you shared the information about shaken baby syndrome with others who care for your baby?173 (54.1)
  • a Examples of information recalled are as follows. “If the baby cries a lot, walk away.” “Put him down and walk away.” “Don't shake—ask for help.” “Put her down and vacuum to cover the noise.” “Walk away and come back when you are calm.” “Check the baby's needs—no shaking.” “Shaking causes brain hemorrhage.” “Be patient, pick them up, rock them gently, never shake them.” “Walk away and leave the baby in a safe place.” “Make sure anyone who cares for your baby is aware of shaken baby syndrome.”

  • b Sources included the following: pediatrician (n = 15), magazine (n = 7), Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (n = 4), television/radio (n = 3), Internet (n = 2), brochure (n = 2), Early Intervention or Healthy Start program, spouse, health insurance company, Pampers/Gerber, preschool, Teenage Services Act program (for teen parents), parenting class, or unspecified source (n = 10).