The Infant Death Center (IDC), founded in 1980, is a statewide program administered through Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin and affiliated with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. The goal of the IDC is to ensure every Wisconsin family who experiences an unexpected infant death has access to grief support and bereavement resources. The IDC is funded through a Title V Maternal Child Health grant from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and Children’s Hospital.
View the Infant Death Center brochure.
View our SIDS facts brochure.
- Bereavement support
Grief counseling and support services are provided over the telephone by staff during the year following the infant death. IDC staff collaborate with many professionals and organizations to reach families and identify helpful resources.
- Consultation with pediatric pathologist
A pediatric pathologist from Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is available to provide consultation to families and professionals to better understand the cause of death. The pathologist can meet in person or over the phone to discuss autopsy findings, medical examiner reports, test results, and/or other pertinent information that may shed light on a child’s illness or death.
- Community trainings
IDC staff provide resources and tools such as safe sleep materials, self care guidance and bereavement articles that support the grieving family and personnel working with families.
- Support directory
Information on programs and special events to support families in the grieving process are identified by county, statewide. View Infant Loss Support Directory.