…By Judah Olanisebee for TDPel Media.
A grieving mother is sharing her heartbreaking story to raise awareness about the hidden dangers of “unsafe sleep” after her two-month-old baby suffocated while sleeping on an adult mattress with pillows.
Alexandria Bowerman’s baby, Derrick Stone, tragically passed away during a stay at a family member’s house on December 31, 2020.
Unaware of the Hazards
Although Alexandria was familiar with safe sleep practices from attending baby classes, her family members were unaware of the potential risks.
On the morning of January 1, 2021, she received the devastating news that her baby boy had died during the night.
The Cause of Tragedy Revealed
It was only two months later that Alexandria learned the pillows on the bed had led to her baby’s suffocation.
Filled with grief, she now shares heart-wrenching videos online to warn others about the dangers of unsafe sleep for infants.
A Shocking Discovery
Alexandria dropped off her son at the family member’s house, assuming he would be sleeping safely.
However, Derrick was placed on an adult-sized bed with his head on a pillow, which posed a suffocation risk.
Unfortunately, he rolled over in his sleep and suffocated on the adult mattress.
The Heartbreaking Call
Receiving the call in the morning that her son had passed away shattered Alexandria’s world.
She was in shock, desperately hoping that paramedics would revive him.
However, she later discovered that if the fire department determines there’s no pulse, rushing an ambulance is unlikely.
Motivated by Heavenly Presence
Alexandria shares that she feels her child is watching over her from heaven, providing motivation and support.
She sees signs in everyday occurrences that make her believe he’s communicating with her, offering comfort and reminding her to keep going.
In her grief, Alexandria attends grief classes and meetings with her local health department to learn more about infant mortality rates.
She actively strives to educate others about safe sleep practices and encourages mothers to speak up about their needs.
She emphasizes the importance of early awareness of safe sleep and the “ABC” rule: Alone, on their Back, and in their own Crib.
The tragic loss of Alexandria’s baby serves as a powerful reminder of the critical need for safe sleep practices.
By sharing her story, she hopes to prevent similar tragedies from occurring and urges caregivers and babysitters to be aware of and adhere to safe sleep guidelines.
The “ABC” rule can significantly reduce the risk of suffocation and ensure the well-being of infants.
Alexandria’s journey from grief to advocacy demonstrates her resilience and determination to turn her devastating loss into a force for positive change.