Our Mission

First Candle is one of the nation’s leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to safe pregnancies and the survival of babies through the first years of life. Our priority is to eliminate Stillbirth, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths (SUID) with programs of research, education and advocacy. First Candle also provides 24/7 bereavement support for grieving families.

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  • First Candle
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    Many people think that the death of a baby will bring parents closer together. This is not always true. The death of a baby can place tremendous stress on your relationship. But with genuine care, concern and respect for each other’s feelings and grief reactions, you can come through this experience...Read More
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    It is important to remember that grief takes time. Be patient, take life one moment, one hour, one day at a time. While you may never ‘get over’ the death of your baby, you can learn to live with your loss. Healing is an ongoing process; it does not happen overnight, but it will happen.

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    Mothers who smoke during pregnancy are three times more likely to have a Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) baby, and exposure to passive smoke from smoking by mothers, fathers, and others around the baby after its born doubles their risk of SIDS. Parents should be sure to keep their babies in a smoke-free environment....Read More
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    Counting your baby’s kicks is a great way for you and your partner to bond with your baby. By performing a kick count at the same time every day during your last trimester, you can also help your doctor monitor your baby’s health. What your baby is telling you with its kicks is important! In fact, research shows that counting...Read More
  • First Candle
    First Candle answered:
    Counting your baby’s kicks is a great way for you and your partner to bond with your baby. By performing a kick count at the same time every day during your last trimester, you can also help your doctor monitor your baby’s health. What your baby is telling you with its kicks is important! In fact, research shows that counting...Read More
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  • First Candle
    First Candle answered:
    Adult beds are not safe for sleeping babies for the following reasons:
    • Soft bedding, such as pillows, blankets and quilts increase your baby’s risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and suffocation.
    • Adults or other children in the bed can accidentally roll too close to or onto your baby
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    Following are some guidelines regarding the use of pacifiers. It is important to know that research shows pacifiers can greatly reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
    • Offer a pacifier at nap time and nighttime. This will give your baby the most protection against SIDS.
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    Breastfeeding is the healthiest choice for babies. It has been shown to be good for babies by building their immunity against illness and infections. If you can, give your baby only breast milk for at least the first six months. Breastfeeding also gives you lots of time to cuddle and bond with...Read More
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    Co-sleeping is a term used by many as an umbrella for anything from bed sharing to room sharing and anything in between. It is a vague term that is very confusing for parents. This confusion can be cleared up by using two distinct terms, bed sharing and room sharing.

    Bed sharing is the practice...Read More