A compassionate starting point with comprehensive resources
The death of a child is devastating for families and communities. When the death is sudden and unexpected, survivors are traumatized. The grief following a sudden death can be even more intense and prolonged. Parents and many others are deeply affected.
Who we are and what we do
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. It is Minnesota’s resource for information on strategies to reduce the risk for all sudden unexpected infant deaths including Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), suffocation and other sleep related infant deaths. The Minnesota SID Center is funded in part by a grant from the Minnesota Department of Health.
Education and outreach
The Minnesota SID Center conducts training and educational programs on bereavement support and risk reduction strategies for health care providers, child care workers, and other professional and community groups. The Center’s goals are to:
- Reach out with information and support to bereaved families
- Educate all family members in how to safe sleep
- Train health professionals and child care providers in sudden unexpected infant death (SUID) risk reduction practices
- Track current research findings and infant mortality trends in Minnesota
- Advocate and participate in local, state and national Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) risk reduction initiatives
- Post important safety information about product recalls and alerts, as well as timely news releases