There is no advice that guarantees the prevention of SIDS or SUDC but parents should be informed that, by following the safer sleep advice, it is possible to significantly lower the chance of this tragedy occurring.
Parents make decisions on safe baby care, for example about where to sleep their new baby and what bedding to buy, at different times. Therefore it is vitally important for midwives and other professionals working with parents during pregnancy to target parents with our safer sleep message.
This advice should be followed up by the midwife after the birth, and again by the health visitor in the early weeks of the baby’s life.
It is essential that all professionals in touch with parents and visiting the family home make sure that the messages are understood by them, and do not assume that someone else has already offered leaflets or other materials.
Publications to order and download
Our aim is to provide you with the tools to help you get this sensitive message across in a clear and accessible way.
Single copies of our publications are available free of charge from our shop. For orders up to 100 copies there is a small charge for postage and packaging. Orders for over 100 copies are charged at cost plus packaging.
If you’d prefer to print your own materials, you can download our publications here.
Download or purchase our bereavement support leaflets to share with bereaved families, including our leaflet ‘When a Baby or Young Child Dies Suddenly and Unexpectedly’, which provides useful and supportive information around grief and loss and the practical processes and arrangements that are necessary after the death of a baby.
If you would be interested in training for yourself or a group of colleagues on SIDS and the current safer sleep advice, please see our training pages.
To find out more about our bereavement support services, please click here.
To find out about the Bereavement Care Network a free online resource for professionals who provide, or have an interest in, bereavement care for parents whose baby dies, please click here.
Baby Loss Awareness Week takes place 9-15th October. During this week families all over the world commemorate the lives of their babies and share memories of the all too brief time they had together. Read more here.
More information about our advice
Should you have questions about the advice, the research background, or anything else, then please see our safer sleep advice pages or contact our information line on 0808 802 6869 or firstname.lastname@example.org.