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North Carolina Resources

For SIDS risk reduction, education, bereavement counseling and local support services, contact a SIDS counselor at your Opens in new windowlocal health department.

For information about reducing the risk of SIDS in child care, contact the Opens in new window ITS-SIDS Project, your regional Infant/Toddler Specialist, a Child Care Health Consultant, your Opens in new windowlocal Smart Start agency or
Opens in new windowCooperative Extension Service

For information about the NC SIDS Info & Counseling Program - sponsored by the NC Dept. of Health & Human Service, Division of Public Health, Women's and Children's Health Section - call (919) 715 -8430.

National Resources

Opens in new windowAmerican Academy of Pediatrics (800-433-9016) - partners with the National Back To Sleep Campaign and educates pediatricians and the public about child health issues.

Opens in new windowAssociation of SIDS and Infant Mortality Programs (ASIP) - promotes programs of counseling, education, advocacy, and research to ensure a supportive community response for those affected by infant and child death and to reduce the risk of death for future children.

Also see the National SIDS & Infant Death Project IMPACT, a partnership between ASIP and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB).

Opens in new windowNational Back To Sleep Campaign (1-800-505-2742 or 1-800-505-CRIB) - is the educational campaign to inform the public about SIDS news, information and resources. It is sponsored by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (see below), the Opens in new windowMaternal and Child Health Bureau, the
Opens in new windowAmerican Academy of Pediatrics, the Opens in new windowSIDS Alliance, and the Opens in new windowAssociation of SIDS and Infant Mortality Programs.

Opens in new windowNational Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) (1-800-505-2742 or 301-496-5133) - conducts and supports laboratory, clinical and epidemiological research on the reproductive, neurobiological, developmental, and behavioral processes that determine and maintain the health of children, adults, families and populations. NICHD is part of the National Institutes of Health, the biomedical research arm of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Opens in new windowNational SIDS Resource Center (703-902-1249 or 703-821-8955) - provides information services and technical assistance on SIDS and related topics.

Opens in new windowNational Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care (NRC) NRC presents each state's child care
Opens in new windowlicensure regulations that includes those involving safe sleep environments for infants. The NRC also produces the document:
Opens in new windowCaring for our children: National health and safety performance standards Guidelines for out-of-home child care, 3rd ed. (2011)

Opens in new windowAmerican SIDS Institute (800-232-7437) - fosters a multidisciplinary approach to SIDS-related problems and promotes clinical and epidemiologic SIDS research. To access a list of national and international SIDS resources, click here:Opens in new window

Opens in new windowFirst Candle/SIDS Alliance (800-221-7437) - national organization with state affiliates promotes infant health and survival during the prenatal period through two years of age. Funds SIDS research, provides education, advocacy, and offers SIDS and other infant death counseling and bereavement services.

Opens in new windowFirst Candle/SIDS Alliance Program Support Center (formerly the National SIDS & Infant Death Program Support Center) - provides programs and services for professionals working in the Health and Human Service arena. They give guidance and materials for educational efforts on reducing the risk of infant death as well as providing compassionate grief support to those affected by an infant death.

Opens in new windowCityMatCH CityMatCH has tools and resources for implementing the Perinatal Periods of Risk (PPOR) approach for mobilizing communities to reduce feto-infant mortality in U.S. cities. PPOR is a joint initiative of CityMatCH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), March of Dimes (MOD), and Maternal and Child Health Bureau, (MCHB)

Opens in new windowCJ Foundation for SIDS (888-8CJ-SIDS) - leading national organization dedicated to addressing the needs of the SIDS community through research and support services, with the aim of increasing public awareness about SIDS. Oversees Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC) program and funds SUDC research.

Opens in new windowU.S. Consumer Product Safety Information (CPSC) - calls attention to a safe sleep environment for babies to help reduce SIDS risks.

Opens in new windowConsidering Alexander SIDS Foundation - aims to comfort and counsel families who have lost a child to SIDS, offers training to emergency personnel to increase SIDS awareness and risk reduction and supports SIDS research.

International Resources

Opens in new windowThe National SIDS Council of Australia - oversees the SIDS and Kids Program. SIDS and Kids Online contains information and publications on SIDS, sudden infant death, grief/bereavement issues and safe sleeping.

Opens in new windowThe Canadian Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths
- is dedicated to solving the mystery of sudden and unexplained infant deaths and to the emotional support of those who are affected. This site is also available in French.

Opens in new windowThe Canadian Institute of Child Health - acts as voice for children, improving their health and well-being by providing publications and resources for parents and health professionals.

Opens in new windowFoundation for the Study of Infant Deaths - is an organization in the UK dedicated to providing SIDS information and resources.

Opens in new windowSIDS International - is a worldwide coalition of national SIDS organizations dedicated to solving the mystery of SIDS, providing support to families that have lost a child and increasing community education.

Opens in new windowThe International Society for the Study and Prevention
of Infant Death
is an amalgamation of the European Society for the Study and Prevention of Infant Death (ESPID) and the SIDS Global Strategy Task Force (GSTF). With the merger of two scientific societies dedicated to
the prevention of sudden infant death and research into
its causes, it seems prudent to briefly review the history
of the two societies which have now been merged.

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Last updated: February 2012


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