SIDS Resources

Links to websites of groups that study and provide information about sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and infant loss.

Please note: Links to organizations and information included on this page do not indicate endorsement from NICHD, NIH, or HHS.

  • NICHD Pregnancy and Perinatology Branch
    The NICHD Pregnancy and Perinatology Branch seeks to improve the health of mothers and children with a focus on maternal health, pregnancy, fetal well-being, labor and delivery, and the developing child. Much of the Institute's research on SIDS is supported through this Branch. The Branch also supports or has supported these efforts:
    • The Prenatal Alcohol and SIDS and Stillbirth (PASS) Network, a collaborative effort between NICHD and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, investigates the role of prenatal exposure to alcohol in SIDS risk and in poor pregnancy outcomes, such as stillbirth and fetal alcohol syndrome. The Safe Passage Study External Web Site Policy, the current main study of the PASS Network, is investigating the effects of alcohol exposure during pregnancy on SIDS risk.
    • National Infant Sleep Position (NISP) Study
      NICHD supports this study to evaluate changes in infant care practices in response to the Back to Sleep campaign. The annual telephone survey interviews nighttime caregivers in households with infants younger than 8 months.
    • Collaborative Home Infant Monitoring Evaluation (CHIME) Study
      CHIME enrolled 1,079 infants for the purpose of studying whether home monitors were effective in identifying episodes of apnea dangerous to an infant's health. Based on CHIME findings, the American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend the use of home monitors to predict or prevent SIDS.
  • Safe to Sleep® Campaign
    This collaborative education campaign, led by NICHD, offers information about research on SIDS and its possible causes. It also provides these resources for providers:
  • National SUID/SIDS Resource Center External Web Site Policy
    The National SUID/SIDS Resource Center provides information, services, materials, and technical assistance to those affected by SUID/SIDS.
  • African American Faith-Based Bereavement Initiative (AAFBBI) External Web Site Policy
    NICHD cofunded the development of this online module, available through the National Center for Cultural Competence at Georgetown University. The initiative aims to improve support for families affected by SIDS.
  • In this updated policy statement and technical report, the American Academy of Pediatrics provides expanded guidelines on safe sleep for infants, with additional information for parents on creating a safe environment in which their child can sleep.
  • CDC Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Initiative
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) Division of Reproductive Health began the Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) Initiative in 1998 to improve the investigation and reporting practices for SIDS and other SUIDs. Out of this initiative came revised reporting forms, training curricula, and a state-based SUID case registry.
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
    The CPSC is the government agency responsible for ensuring the safety of products such as cribs and bassinets. The Commission is a collaborator in the NICHD-led Safe to Sleep® campaign and offers several resources related to crib safety and the safety of other products, such as wedges.
  • National Action Partnership to Promote Safe Sleep (NAPPSS) External Web Site Policy
    NAPPSS engages a coalition of more than 50 advocacy organizations, professional associations, faith communities, and business groups with the active involvement of federal partners, including the Maternal and Child Health Bureau and the NICHD-led Safe to Sleep® campaign. The mission of NAPPSS is to develop and implement the National Action Plan to Increase Safe Infant Sleep and partner to support breastfeeding among infant caregivers by activating systems, supports, and services to systematically work together to make safe infant sleep a national norm.

Please note: Links to organizations and information included on this page do not indicate endorsement from NICHD, NIH, or HHS.

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