For Professionals - Back
to Sleep Campaign
For the Public - Baby's
For the Public - SIDS
En Español - El
síndrome de muerte súbita del infante (SIDS
North Carolina Resources
For SIDS risk reduction, education, bereavement counseling
and local support services, contact a SIDS counselor at your local
For information about reducing the risk of SIDS in child
care, contact the ITS-SIDS Project, your regional Infant/Toddler
Specialist, a Child Care Health Consultant, your local
Smart Start agency or
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.
Academy of Pediatrics (800-433-9016) - partners with
the National Back To Sleep Campaign and educates pediatricians
and the public about child health issues.
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).
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 Maternal
and Child Health Bureau, the
Academy of Pediatrics, the SIDS
Alliance, and the Association
of SIDS and Infant Mortality Programs.
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.
SIDS Resource Center (703-902-1249 or 703-821-8955)
- provides information services and technical assistance
on SIDS and related topics.
National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care (NRC) NRC presents each state's child care
licensure regulations that includes those involving safe sleep environments for infants. The NRC also produces the document:
Caring for our children: National health and safety performance standards Guidelines for out-of-home child care, 3rd ed. (2011)
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: http://www.sids.org/nfindresources.htm.
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
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.
CityMatCH 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)
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.
Consumer Product Safety Information (CPSC) - calls
attention to a safe sleep environment for babies to help
reduce SIDS risks.
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.
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.
Canadian Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths
(CFSID) - 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
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
for the Study of Infant Deaths - is an organization
in the UK dedicated to providing SIDS information and resources.
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.
The 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