Sudden Infant Death (SID) Center

The death of a child is devastating for families and communities. When the death is sudden and unexpected, survivors also are traumatized. The grief following a sudden death can be even more intense and prolonged. Parents and many others are deeply affected.

The Minnesota Sudden Infant Death Center at Children's is a statewide program that provides information, counseling, and support to anyone experiencing a sudden and unexpected infant death from any cause. In addition, the Center, in keeping with its original mission, continues to be Minnesota's resource for information on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and SIDS risk reduction.

The Minnesota SID Center conducts training and educational programs for health care providers, child care workers, and other professional and community groups. The Center tracks infant mortality trends in Minnesota and participates in local, state, and national initiatives to reduce the risk of sudden, unexpected infant death.

The Minnesota SID Center is a partnership between Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Health. More about Minnesota SID Center

In the News

Governor Mark Dayton declares Sept. 23-27, 2013 Infant Safe Sleep Week.
Read more

Keep Baby Safe During Sleep

Research shows that following safe sleep rules can help lower your baby's risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and protect baby from suffocation and accidents during sleep.


Contact the Minnesota
SID Center

Minnesota SID Center
Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
2525 Chicago Avenue South
MS 50-216S
Minneapolis, MN 55404

1-800-732-3812 (toll free)
612-813-7344 (fax)


  • IKEA recalls crib mattresses due to risk of entrapment. Read more
  • Angelcare recalls 600,000 baby monitors due to 2 strangulation deaths. Read more
  • AAP expands guidelines for infant sleep safety and SIDS Risk Reduction. Read more
  • New crib requirements for child care providers effective December 28, 2012. Read more

Funeral Assistance Available

With the generous support of two families' fundraisers, the MN SID Center is able to provide funeral assistance to newly bereaved families. We will be able to provide up to $500 to help with such things as burial assistance, headstones, flowers, transportation, clothing, etc. Families should contact the MN SID Center for more information.

Product Recalls

  • HALO SleepSacks Wearable Blankets Recalled Due to Choking Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Babies R Us. (Full Details)
  • Five Infant Deaths Prompt CPSC to Sue Manufacturer of Nap Nanny and Chill Infant Recliners (Full Details)
  • Suffocation, Entrapment Risks Prompt Recall of PeaPod Travel Tents by KidCo (Full Details)
  • CPSC bans drop sided cribs (Full Details)
  • Deaths prompt CPSC, FDA warning on infant sleep positioners (Full Details)
  • Smith+Noble Recalls Roman and Roller Shades (Full Details)
  • Check the Safe Crib Center Resource for updates on recalled cribs (Full Details)

Parent Support Group

The parent support group meets on the first Wednesday of the month from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Minnesota Sudden Infant Death Center Newsletter

Fall / Winter 2012 newsletter
Fall / Winter 2011 newsletter

Contact Us

roundedimage3Kathleen Fernbach, BSN, RN, PHN
(612) 813-6285
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roundedimage3-1Patrick Carolan, MD
Medical Director
(612) 813-6806
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