What We Do

SIDS and Kids is dedicated to saving the lives of babies and children during pregnancy, birth, infancy and childhood and supporting bereaved families. We deliver on our vision through world class research; evidence based education and bereavement support; and advocacy.

In Australia each year over 3,500 families experience the sudden and unexpected death of a baby or child, either through stillbirth or during the first month of life, from sudden unexpected death in infancy (SIDS or fatal sleeping accidents), SUDC (sudden unexpected death in childhood) or accident.

Sadly, for many of these deaths there is no known cause. For example, more than half the deaths of unborn babies during the last 8 weeks of pregnancy each year are unexplained.

SIDS and Kids works to find answers for parents by funding and supporting vital research into stillbirth, SIDS and safe sleeping practices. Through evidence based community education we aim to prevent these deaths and we advocate for and support bereaved families.

The SIDS and Kids National Scientific Advisory Group ensures recommendations provided by SIDS and Kids are based on the latest evidence.

The information provided on the SIDS and Kids website has been developed and reviewed by content experts in the area of optimal infant care practices and strategies to reduce Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy.

The Safe Sleeping Long Brochure is endorsed by: Paediatrics & Child Health Division, The Royal Australasian College of Physicians; Australian College of Midwives.

For further information talk to your midwife, child and family health nurse, doctor or SIDS and Kids. The information provided on the SIDS and Kids website is designed to support, not to replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her physician.

SIDS and Kids relies almost totally on the support of the community.

Support the work of SIDS and Kids by donating today.

Phone: +61 3 8888 1600
Fax: +61 3 8888 1691

Email: national@sidsandkids.org

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