The Colorado SIDS ProgramThe Colorado SIDS Program
The mission of The Colorado SIDS Program, Inc. is to: provide support and counseling to families, friends, and communities who experience or are affected by a SIDS death; educate first responders and other professionals who deal with SIDS deaths; pro... Read more
The mission of The Colorado SIDS Program, Inc. is to:
provide support and counseling to families, friends, and communities who experience or are affected by a SIDS death;
educate first responders and other professionals who deal with SIDS deaths;
provide education throughout Colorado about SIDS, risk reduction, and latest research;
help fund and support SIDS research.
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), the sudden and unexpected death of an apparently healthy infant, is one of the leading causes of death of infants between one month and one year of age. There are 2,000 - 3,000 SIDS deaths nationally each year - approximately 40 to 60 of those deaths occur in Colorado--approximately one death a week in Colorado. Despite extensive research, the cause of SIDS is unknown. Because the first symptom of SIDS is death, it is unpredictable and unpreventable. Families whose infants die from SIDS may face devastating feelings of guilt and grief. The death of an infant significantly affects relatives, friends, and co-workers. The primary goal of the SIDS Program is the immediate coordination of information and support to the families who have experienced the death of an infant. This information is provided to the immediate and extended family through counseling by Program staff, local professionals, and other parents. Family Sharing Meetings provide a time for families to share their feelings with other parents who have had similar experiences. Families are followed for at least two years following the death of their infant and may continue to be involved in the Program for a longer period of time. There are no fees for services provided to families.