About the SUID/SIDS Resource Center
The National SUID/SIDS Resource Center (Resource Center) serves as a central source of information on sudden infant death and on promoting healthy outcomes for infants from the prenatal period through the first year of life and beyond.
In the 1970s, in response to concerns about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), the federal government passed two important pieces of legislation. The Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Act of 1974 assigned the responsibility for SIDS research to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and designated the establishment of counseling programs through the Office of Maternal and Child Health (now the Maternal and Child Health Bureau [MCHB]). Public Law 96-142, enacted in 1979, established a national clearinghouse for the dissemination of information on SIDS to health professionals, community service personnel, SIDS parents, and the general public. Pursuant to the congressional mandate, the National SIDS/Infant Death Resource Center (originally the National SIDS Clearinghouse), which was operated by Circle Solutions, provided information services, educational materials, and technical assistance to those affected by a SIDS diagnosis. With the direction of MCHB in the mid-1990s, the center broadened its emphasis to include other infant death.
In 2007, the center was renamed the National Sudden Infant Death Resource Center (Resource Center), and the operation moved to Georgetown University’s National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health. It is co-located with the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Library and draws on the library’s extensive resource capacities and public health perspective. In 2008 it became the National Sudden and Unexpected Infant/Child Death and Pregnancy Loss Resource Center and in 2012 it adopted the current name.
Supported by the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau, the new cooperative agreement comprises a national SUID Consortium. Like many state and local initiatives, the national consortium has expanded its program to include pregnancy loss (i.e. miscarriage) and stillbirth, as well as sudden and unexpected infant and child death. All four centers serve this mission, yet each center has a unique purpose and provides distinct resources and services. The centers maintain close collaborative relationships while addressing cross-cutting issues.
Resource Center Core Activities
To advance knowledge in the field and to meet the needs of multiple audiences, the Resource Center
- Provides a toll-free information line and e-mail service to answer requests for information or publications.
- Maintains an accessible Web site with continuously updated information, resources, and links to programs and services.
- Identifies informational and educational needs within the MCH and sudden infant death communities.
- Develops print and Web-based materials for professionals and the public.
- Dedicates one issue per month of the MCH Alert electronic newsletter to highlight current infant mortality topics.
- Maintains comprehensive searchable databases of information.
- Connects people with programs and services through direct referrals.
- Promotes awareness and enhances knowledge through outreach activities.
- Works closely with MCHB and its consortium partners, parent-professional organizations, and government agencies.
How to reach us
National SUID/SIDS Resource Center
Washington, DC 20057-1272
(866) 866-7437 (toll-free)
(202) 784-9777 (fax)
The Resource Center provides electronic, full-text access to a wide variety of publications, both those published by the Resource Center and those published by a wide variety of other organizations and agencies with expertise in SIDS, other infant or child death, pregnancy loss, bereavement and related topics.
To obtain print copies of publications listed on this Web site:
For documents published by the Resource Center, use the online order form and fax or mail it to us, or call us at the numbers listed below.
For journal articles and other documents published by other organizations or agencies, contact the publisher of the individual items or visit lending libraries in your area such as university or public libraries. Contact information is given within each item.
When materials are not available from other sources, limited photocopies or loans are available from the Resource Center, within levels permitted by the U.S. copyright laws.
To request materials, contact us by phone at (866) 866-7437 (toll free) or (202) 687-7466 (local), or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Photocopies are provided to all audiences; loans are provided directly to health professionals and through interlibrary loan to other audiences (consult your local library for interlibrary loans).
We welcome on-site users. Please schedule an appointment in advance so we may be sure someone will be available to assist you. Resource Center hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.