Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the death of a baby which is sudden, unexpected, and without a clear cause. SIDS usually happens during sleep or napping and is the most common cause of death in babies between the ages of one month and one year.
Research shows that in BC, Aboriginal babies are four times more likely to die from SIDS than non-Aboriginal babies. Although the exact cause(s) of SIDS are not known, there are clear safe sleep practices that reduce a baby’s risk for SIDS.
Honouring Our Babies: Safe Sleep Cards & Guide is an educational toolkit that helps service providers discuss safe sleep practices with First Nations and Aboriginal families to reduce the risk of SIDS.
The toolkit is interactive, evidence-informed, and incorporates cultural beliefs, practices, and issues specific to First Nations and Aboriginal communities. The toolkit includes a deck of 21 discussion cards and seven illustrated cards that can be used to prompt and guide discussions with families about safe infant sleep, as well as a facilitator’s guide with additional information, research, resources, and graphics.
To enquire about the availability of hard copies, please contact First Nations Health Authority at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download, print*, and share the resources:
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The development of this resource was an initiative of the Tripartite First Nations and Aboriginal Maternal and Child Health Committee, led by Perinatal Services BC in collaboration with the Aboriginal Safe Sleep Working Group.