Saint Alphonsus Health System

Period of Purple Crying Program

We are so fortunate here at the Saint Alphonsus Baker City Birth Center to be able to provide The Period of Purple Crying program to our patients. Over the past couple of years we have reached over 300 families with the program.

This program is put out by the national center on shaken baby syndrome and it is a new way of understanding the normalcy of infant crying. An estimated 1200 to 1400 children are injured or killed by shaking every year in the United States. Over 300 babies die each year from being shaken.

We are educating our patients during there stay in the hospital and each family is given a booklet and DVD called, The Period of Purple Crying". This program is based on over 25 years of research on normal infant crying which is the leading contributor to shaken baby syndrome. All families receive the materials so they can review the program when needed and share it with other caregivers. Our goal is to reduce the number of cases of shaken baby syndrome.