Learning about SIDS by Jeri Wilson, MSW

For me, deciding whether or not to learn about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome was not an option, it was a necessity. My daughter Jenelle died during a nap of SIDS on March 1, 1993 while in daycare. I had heard about SIDS but had no idea how a baby as healthy as mine could die so suddenly. It was learning about SIDS that relieved me of guilt and helped me to survive her loss. SIDS is a diagnosis of exclusion, meaning that when they can’t find a cause for a sudden death of an infant, it is labelled as SIDS (SUID, SUDI and undetermined are the same diagnosis as SIDS). Luckily, in our great state of California, it is mandated that SIDS parents receive a visit from a Public Health Nurse to provide them with support and information after an infant death. This is when the focus needs to be on supporting the bereaved, not judging them or educating them about Safe Sleep.  Grieving SIDS parents need to know that they have done nothing wrong. Today, parents have access to the American Academy of Pediatrics Safe to Sleep Guidelines (this information should only be provided to parents who haven’t experienced a loss) which can help reduce their baby’s risk of dying of SIDS. The important thing to know is that babies can still die of SIDS even if every single safe sleep recommendation is followed. Some babies have parents who don’t follow any Safe to Sleep practices yet they continue to grow and thrive. It was a mystery in 1993 and now, 23 years later, there still is no cause of SIDS and no way to prevent it. Our only hope is to educate as many people as we can about Safe Sleep risk reduction and SIDS and provide support to grieving parents to help them survive the most devastating loss of their lives.

If you work with young families, the bereaved, or just want to learn more about SIDS or Safe Sleep come to our 1 day conference event on October 6th in San Diego at the Mission Valley Hilton. Find out more information 36SIDSCalifornia on Facebook.

 

Fruition

(a Black History month poem for 2017) ©Sylvia Cameron Telafaro/February 2017) It began with the fruition of America for Prosperity; turning out 1000s of T-voters as we battled, for our lives to not be changed, nor altered in the image of the

A Collaborative Approach to Serving Community College Students with Food and Housing Insecurity

Most agree that education, besides building a viable workforce, adds immeasurably to the fabric of society.   Students in higher education however are sometimes forced to choose between focusing on their education or dealing with issues related to

Finding the Joy in Self-Care by Nina Tomkiewicz

This summer I have been reflecting on the concept of “self-care,” mostly asking myself, “What is self-care, anyway?” It’s a buzzword in the world of social work, and probably any other helping profession with risk of ‘burnout’ and the more recently

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As some of you know, I work in a local emergency room as a “psychiatric liaison” a couple of week-ends a month and sometimes I get called in for four hours of an evening is someone calls in sick and they need coverage. You never know what to expect

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I was told to give an inspirational talk about aging and at the same time bring in some of my personal experience. Well, let me start right away with some personal experience: The first day of my Gerontology class I tell students that a ship of

A Visit to the Village: Lessons in Recovery by Jacquie Hernandez, MSW student

The 2015-2016 Mental Health Training Program (MHTP) Stipend Recipients had the pleasure of joining Professor Candy Elson in visiting The Village, an adult integrated services recovery program that is a part of Mental Health America of Los Angeles.