A Butte woman is giving what she calls life-saving technology to parents with new babies in hopes of preventing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Brandi Taylor described her newborn baby, Gracie Faith, as "perfect." "It was just that something was different, and maybe she was an angel," Taylor explained.
Gracie Faith died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, when she was just 21 days old. Taylor said she thinks her daughter could have had a fighting chance if she would have gotten to her faster.
"They were able to start her heart again," Taylor said, "and then we found out she was braindead from lack of oxygen."
Taylor wanted to find a way to prevent this from happening to other parents, so she created the Gracie Faith SIDS Prevention Program.
"Even though it was SIDS, maybe if I had gotten to her in time, maybe she would still be here," Taylor said.
Snuza baby monitors can hook onto a baby's diaper and be worn 24 hours a day. They alert parents with a loud vibration after only 15 seconds of no movement.
"Parental supervision and being close to their child is the best prevention method out there," said Dr. John Cole, a pediatrician with Rocky Mountain Clinic at St. James Healthcare.
Cole couldn't comment on the effectiveness of baby monitors, but said there are many prevention techniques parents can use.
"Placing your infant on its back when you put it back to sleep, that in itself has been the best prevention technique we can offer and greatly reduces the number of cases," said Dr. Cole.
He also said to avoid large stuffed animals or pillows in a child's crib, and not to allow the child to co-sleep in your bed.
But for Taylor, if baby monitors save just one baby, she said she will have done her job.
"If one parent calls me and says, 'Hey, your monitor worked and we got to our baby within seconds and we performed CPR and you saved us,' then I did what I'm supposed to do because I'm saving someone from going through the tragedy that I went through," Taylor explained.
According to the Center for Disease Control, about four thousand infants die from SIDS every year. While some of the deaths are linked to accidental suffocation or strangulation, in many cases the causes are unknown.
Taylor is holding a fundraiser this Saturday at the Butte Country Club. Proceeds from the event will go to buying more Snuza monitors to give to families.