Mission and Services in Massachusetts
The Massachsetts Center for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and the Massachusetts Infant and Child Death Bereavement Program provide counseling and information to families throughout Massachusetts whose infants and young children, ages 0-3, die suddenly and unexpectedly of sudden infant death syndrome and other causes. The Center, established in 1975, provides an integrated, comprehensive, professional and compassionate response to bereaved families.
The SIDS Center offers a number of services to families and the community of professionals involved with infant and child mortality.
Mary McClain, RN, MS
The Massachusetts Center for SIDS is responsible for coordinating services to bereaved families throughout Massachusetts. Funded originally by the SIDS Act of 1974 and subsequently by grants, fundraising and contributions, the Center continues its primary mission of ascertaining the child’s cause of death, notifying parents of medical findings, and offering support to family members during their bereavement. We provide bereavement services to families whose children die at 0-3 years of age.
The Center's Statewide Services Include
- Family contact within 24-48 hours of referral
- Counseling services, bereavement home visits by community based licensed health care professionals
- Support group meetings, parent-to-parent support
- Training and education for health professionals
- Educational materials are provided on request
The Massachusetts Center for SIDS coordinates services to bereaved families throughout Massachusetts.