Main Menu
In this Section
Our Mission
About SIDS
Make a Donation



Iowa SIDS Foundation


'Like' us on facebook for current events, notices, and research updates!


Iowa SIDS Foundation
406 SW School St., Ste. 207
Ankeny, IA 50023
Phone: 515-965-7655
Toll Free: 866-480-4741
Email for Information
Email for Sales


AAP Expands Safe Sleep Guidelines

The American Academy of Pediatrics' expanded the guidelines for infant safe sleep safety and SIDS risk reduction. The updated policy statement expanded some of the previous recommendations and provides additional information and guidance for caregivers on creating a safe environment for babies to sleep.

Dr. Rachael Moon provides a detailed explanation of the expanded guidelines at:

For the full text of the AAP expanded recommendations, visit :

our mission

The Iowa Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Foundation is a statewide, non-profit, voluntary health organization dedicated to providing emotional support to SIDS and SUID families residing in Iowa, educating professionals and the general public about SIDS and risk reduction, and funding medical research into the causes of SIDS.  The Iowa SIDS Foundation is an affiliate of First Candle.

About SIDS

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden and unexplained death of an apparently healthy infant younger than one year of age.  SIDS is the unexpected death of an infant which remains unexplained after a thorough case investigation, including the performance of a complete autopsy, death scene investigation, and review of the medical history.  SIDS is known as a diagnosis of exclusion, meaning all other medical causes that may have contributed to baby's death have been examined and excluded.

SIDS can happen to any family no matter what race they are, how much money they make, the age of the parents, or where they live.

SIDS is the leading cause of death of babies from one month to one year of age.  Every year, approximately 4,500 babies die suddenly and unexpectedly in the United States.  Of these about 2,300 are diagnosed as SIDS.  The remaining SUID deaths may include those that were diagnosed as 'undetermined' after the case investigation, accidental suffocation due to baby's sleep environment, or positional asphyxia. 

Ninety percent of SIDS deaths occur before six months of age, with the majority occurring between two and four months of age.  SIDS occurs more often in the winter and early spring months.

SIDS is not contagious or hereditary and is not caused by parental neglect or abuse.

SIDS is not caused by suffocation, vomiting, or choking, and is not caused by immunizations.

At one time, SIDS was called Crib Death because these babies usually die while they are sleeping. However, contrary to that name, more often than not, these babies are not sleeping in a crib when they die.

SIDS cannot be predicted nor is it entirely preventable at this time, but research demonstrates that the risks can be reduced.  Click here for more information on how to reduce the risk of SIDS.

mAke a donation

The Iowa SIDS Foundation is tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code.  We are a non-profit health organization and appreciate your support.

You can now make a donation online to support our mission:

or visit our donation page for other options.


Support Groups
Walk for the Future
Amazon Smile
Birdies for Charity
Safety Store
Peer Contact Training



Summer 2016 (PDF)
Spring 2016 (PDF)
Fall 2015 (PDF)
Volunteer Form
Click here for volunteer form/parental consent.



Click on the moon to learn more about reducing the risk of SIDS and other accidental sleep related infant death.


Copyright 2016 Iowa SIDS Foundation