Researchers and advocates looking for information on how to reduce Sudden Unexplained Infant Death (SUID) as well as SIDS and stillbirths may soon have new tools for data collection, reporting and support services. The full House recently passed H.R. 669, the Sudden Unexpected Death Data Enhancement and Awareness Act.
Specifically the bill will:
- Expand current data collection activities to additional states to identify the causes of stillbirth and ways to prevent it in the future.
- Create a national public awareness and education campaign to educate parents and caregivers about known risk factors for sudden unexpected death in infancy and childhood.
- Expand support services, such as grief counseling, for families who have experienced stillbirth or SUID.
- Enhance a national case reporting system to better track SUID deaths and identify risk factors to prevent them in the future.
KID is part of a large coalition working to pass this important legislation — and we need your help now. The Senate must adopt the bill by the end of the fall session or the process must start over in January. Call your US Senators now and urge them to support this important legislation. For more information, fact sheets and action steps, visit the Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood Program page.