Island Health is trying out a pilot project that it hopes will reduce infant mortality rates.

Right now infant mortality on the Island is slightly higher than the Canadian average

Dr. Paul Hasselback says the Baby Bed initiative in the Cowichan Valley aims to promote safe sleep for babies, and reduce sudden infant death, by giving new moms a special bed kit.

Hasselback says they’ve been supplying the kits since May 1st.

The Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island gave Island Health $50,000 for the project…and if it’s a success it will go Island-wide.