The National Sudden Unexpected Infant/Child Death & Pregnancy Loss Program Support Center (PSC) at First Candle helps professionals and organizations at the local, state, regional and national levels to initiate, expand or improve their risk-reduction education and bereavement support programming. Special emphasis is placed on meeting the needs of under-served communities. This is accomplished by:
- Providing information, training and educational materials.
- Showcasing tools and resources for professionals to increase awareness of sudden infant and fetal deaths and how to reduce the risk of such deaths.
- Expanding and improving the provision of bereavement support to families and caretakers affected by an infant or fetal death.
The PSC is assisted by staff from state and local health departments, hospitals and clinics, advocacy organizations, bereavement organizations and parents. These individuals volunteer their time to assist in creating educational materials, protocols and guidelines, as well as attending material review meetings and providing access to their professional and parent networks.
The PSC is one of four national resource centers funded by the United States Department of health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau to meet the needs of those who are impacted by an infant, fetal or child death. Each center has a distinct purpose and audience.
The PSC is administered by First Candle, formerly the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Alliance, Inc., and has been in operation since 1998.