Thursday, August 30, 2007

Welcome & Background

Welcome to my blog, Keep Our Babies Safe. This blog was created in an effort to let me spend my energy creating something good from something that was tragic. In June, my 3 months and 2 day old nephew died while at daycare. He was put down for a nap on his tummy in a pack and play and he suffocated. In effort to respect the privacy of his parents, I will not give my nephew's name, or the names of the people who were in charge of the daycare he was at. (Unless they want me to, and in that case I'll scream it at the top of my lungs, because he matters, and the daycare providers need to be made an example out of - not being vengeful, but we need to change the way things are handled, NOW.)

The means by which my nephew died were completely avoidable. No one should ever put a baby down for a nap on their tummy. No one person should ever be left incharge of the care of 10 children. And, no one should learn these things AFTER a tragedy has occured.

This blog will stress the importance of building awareness, give ways you can help, and share information to make sure this doesn't happen again.

Most people can only speak of angels, we had the chance to hold one.


your fav sister-in-law said...

Thank you for all of your love and support! I hope this site helps make everyone aware of the dangers of laying a baby on their tummy to sleep. I hope it also helps prevent more tragedies like ours from occuring, so that no other parent, family or friend has to go through this horrible experience.

andrew 4 life said...

That's horrible. I'm so sorry to hear about this. Our best to you and your family.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for posting the bereaved parents wish list. It said everything I've been saying since I lost my baby 6 weeks ago. I know there's a long haul ahead of me -- my entire life of living without my baby, and this list will be helpful to share.

Nathans Father said...

Your work here is unprecedented, we must take up the ‘good fight’, if we are to prevent anyone else from this pain and suffering that has become our lives.
One thing that can be marked here, for here is where we make our stand to fight, the state of Missouri shall know the name Nathan Jay Blecha! His name will be spoken among the leaders and representatives during the capitals meetings of senate.

LongmontPhoto said...

First, let me say how deeply saddened I was when I first learned of your loss. News of such a terrible tragedy is always difficult, but it's especially difficult when it happens to someone you have known your entire life. We played together as kids. Though we haven't been in touch in a while, I want you to know you are in our thoughts daily. Nathan is a beautiful little boy, and I am so proud of you all for championing the cause to help other parents avoid having to experience such a tragedy. Keep fighting the good fight and know we keep you in our prayers.

Kim Balsman (aka Kimber Kohls)

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