Where can I get help?
Family, friends, clergy, co-workers, and your local public health nurse can all be important sources of support following a SIDS death. Another resource is the Minnesota Sudden Infant Death Center at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. This statewide program provides a variety of services including information, counseling support, education, public awareness, and research. The SID Center can help providers deal with their feelings and other unique issues, such as:
- Communicating with the baby's parents;
- Providing accurate information to the parents of other children in their care; and
- Learning age-appropriate ways of helping other children understand what has happened.
Providers may be surprised by the intensity and depth of their reactions. Seeking support, information, and counseling can often be the beginning of healing and recovery.
Call the Minnesota SID Center at (612) 813-6285 or 1 (800) 732-3812 (toll free).