The Canadian Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths has now become Baby’s Breath. Our new name effectively reflects our broadened mission to prevent sudden and unexpected infant deaths and stillbirths by:
• Advocating for and supporting research
• Disseminating information
• Providing bereavement support to families
Our new updated mandate provides a critical voice to inform, direct and shape our activities as we serve and advocate on behalf of Canadian families who have experienced the tragic loss of an infant. Baby`s Breath also endeavours to support research into health or medical conditions linked to sudden unexpected infant deaths and stillbirths. We are confident that this change of identity will assist us to mobilize support and to refocus our advocacy efforts.
Baby's Breath is launching a new video to help raise awareness about SIDS. SIDS remains the number one cause of death for infants under one year of age in Canada. We need to join forces and speak up. We need to speak up for our babies who fell asleep and never woke up. We need to speak up so that people realize that SIDS is a medical condition that will only be understood through medical research. We need to speak up to advocate for breakthrough SIDS research to begin in Canada. Help us share this video.
Thank you Team Baby's Breath!
On Sunday, June 1, members of Team Baby’s Breath ran the Calgary Marathon to raise awareness and funds in support of Baby’s Breath.
Important International Study on SIDS & Bed Sharing
In a major new analysis of five major case control studies released in May 2013, clear evidence of the dangers of bed sharing was presented worldwide. The study concluded that bed sharing presents a five-times greater risk of SIDS, even when the baby is breastfed, neither parent is a smoker, and the mother is not under the influence of alcohol or drugs. As a result, a significant decrease in SIDS and accidental death rates could be achieved if parents avoid bed sharing. CBC news coverage is available here. The original study from the British Medical Journal (Open Access) is here.
New Baby's Breath Forum
In response to goals to provide more interactive web services and forums to our community, we are pleased to announce a test-launch of a new online forum for those we serve. This forum will permit the posting of questions and answers from our community and Baby's Breath staff. We look forward to your feedback regarding this new tool. Please click here to access the Baby's Breath Forum.
Policy and Advocacy
In partnership with the Canadian Pediatric Society, Canadian Institute of Child Health and Health Canada, we were pleased to issue a 2011 Joint Statement on Safe Sleep through the Public Health Agency of Canada. This Joint Statement provides all infant caregivers with practical guidance regarding safe sleep practices in Canada. Please find a link to the Joint Statement on Safe Sleep here.