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Contact Information
Los Angeles County
Department of Public Health
Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Programs
600 S. Commonwealth Ave., 8th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90005
Tel: (213) 639-6400
FAX: (213) 639-1034
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Program


The Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Program provides mandated follow-up and support services by public health nurses and social workers of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health include but are not limited to information about SIDS, community resources for coping with infant loss for the entire family (both adults and children), and burial support.

Health Problems:

  • SIDS is one of the leading causes of neonatal death
  • African-American SIDS rates are 2.5 times higher than the rest of the population


To enhance the health of Los Angeles County infants and their mothers


  • Reduce the number of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) deaths
  • Assure PHN contact with families to provide grief counseling & referral and to advise family of final diagnosis


  • Receipt of Presumptive SIDS cases from coronerís office and referral to district PHN
  • Outreach campaign to educate parents on how to reduce the risk of SIDS (e.g. sleep on back, avoid tobacco smoke, avoid overheated bedrooms)
  • Trainings for SIDS families so that they can help other SIDS families deal with grief
  • Trainings for hospital staff, public health nurses, emergency responders, coroners, and the general public on SIDS facts and dealing with the emotional impact
  • Information to the public on the latest research concerning SIDS and its potential causes
  • It maintains epidemiological data of Los Angeles County SIDS and other sudden, unexpected infant deaths.


  • Presumptive SIDS cases received from Coroner office

Target Population

All families with presumptive SIDS referrals from Coroner in LAC

Program Factsheet

Keeping Babies Safe While Sleeping

Los Angeles County SIDS Program SIDS Safety, Infant Sleep Positioning presentation

October is SIDS, Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month!

  • Flyer
  • Brochure
  • Video: Safe Sleep for Your Baby
  • Online training for Safe Sleep for Baby
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Training for Public Health Professionals California SIDS Program, April 18, 2013 Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: Overview of Current Theories and Research
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Training for Public Health Professionals California SIDS Program April 18, 2013. Reducing the Risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
    Peer - Parent Support Group For Grieving Parents
    Meeting Flyer: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm, Second Wednesday of Every Month
    Group Leader: Angel Hopson, RN, MSN, MPH, CNS
    Peer-Parents: Christina Thiele
    RSVP: (707) 849-5347
    Please RSVP by 5:00 PM a week prior to the meeting.

    New! Grief Support Resources

    Safe to Sleep Public Education Campaign

    Health Care Professionals

    Parents & Families

    Other Resources

    SIDS Contact: Luz Arboleda-Babcock, PHN (213) 639-6413
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