Safe Sleep & SIDS

Safe Sleep & SIDS

As a new parent, you will need to decide where and how your baby will sleep.

By following safe sleep practices, your baby is at a lower risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), suffocation, and accidents during sleep.

Your baby should:
  • Always be placed on the back to sleep
  • Sleep on a firm mattress with only a tight fitting crib sheet
  • Wear a one piece sleeper instead of a blanket for warmth
  • Never sleep with bumper pads, wedges, or positioners
For more information, visit the
Safe to Sleep Campaign

Cribs for Kids

Our Maternal Child Adolescent (MCAH) Program partners with Cribs for Kids® to help babies in our community sleep safer by providing safe sleep education and no-cost cribs to families in need.

In order to qualify to receive a crib, recipients must meet the following criteria:
  • Infant is less than 1 year old OR the birthing parent is in their 3rd trimester AND
  • No other safe sleep environment is attainable

For more information about the Cribs for Kids Program, please call us at 707-464-0861.

Grief and Bereavement Services

Public health nurses provide home visits for grief support, information, and referrals to link families and caregivers affected by SUID/SIDS and fetal loss with resources for healing. For more information, please call us at 707-464-0861.

Resources for Caregivers:

  • The Compassionate Friends – A national nonprofit, self-help organization that offers friendship & understanding to bereaved parents, grandparents & siblings. Call 1-877-969-0010, and you will be connected to a local resource and support group.
  • California SIDS Program – SIDS, call 1-800-369-SIDS (7437); http//
  • National SIDS Resource Center (NSRC) – Provides information services and technical assistance on SIDS.
  • SIDS Network –
  • First Candle – A national, nonprofit dedicated to elimination SIDS. They have expanded their mission to include all sudden, unexpected infant deaths from the prenatal period through age two. http://www.first
  • SIDS/SUIDS Online Support Group:
  • Bereaved Parents USA – Bereaved Parents of the USA (BPUSA) is a national non-profit self-help group that offers support, understanding, compassion and hope to bereaved parents, grandparents or siblings struggling to rebuild their lives after the death of their children, grandchildren or siblings.
  • Sharing Parents of Sacramento – A support group for those whose babies have died—from the time of conception through early infancy.
  • Helping After Neonatal Death (HAND) –
  • MISS: Mothers in Sympathy and Support –

County of Del Norte
Department of Health & Human Services
Social Services Branch Public Assistance /
Employment & Training Branch
880 Northcrest Drive
Crescent City, CA 95531
Phone (707) 464-3191
Fax (707) 465-1783
880 Northcrest Drive
Crescent City, CA 95531
Phone (707) 464-3191
Fax (707) 465-1783

Behavioral Health Branch

Public Health Branch
455 K Street
Crescent City, CA 95531
(707) 464-7224
(800) 446-4408 (toll free)
400 L Street
Crescent City, CA 95531
Phone (707) 464-0861
Fax (707) 465-6701