Safe Sleep for Infants

Newborns sleep 20 hours a day. Make each hour safe. Learn more from our sister agency, the Department of Children and Families.

Important Safe Sleep Tips for Babies

National FASD Support

The National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS) is the leading voice and resource of the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) community.

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Improving Pregnancy Outcomes

The Improving Pregnancy Outcomes Initiative (IPO) works toward improving maternal and infant health outcomes for high-need women of childbearing age and their families, while reducing racial, ethnic and economic disparities in those outcomes through a collaborative coordinated community driven approach through the use of Community Health Workers and Central Intake Hubs.

Community Health Workers (CHW) are trusted members of the community, who perform outreach and client recruitment within the targeted community to identify and enroll women and their families in appropriate care. 

Central Intake is a county- based single point of entry for referrals to medical care, evidence based home visiting programs and social support agencies.  Central Intake simplifies and streamlines the referral process for obstetrical/prenatal care providers, other community agencies, and pregnant women/parents.

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

SIDS is the "...sudden death of an infant under one year of age which remains unexplained after a thorough investigation, including performance of a complete autopsy, examination of the death scene and review of the clinical history." (M. Willinger et al. Pediatric Pathology, 1991). 

In the United States, SIDS is the leading cause of death in infants between one month and one year of age. However, the SIDS rate has declined both nationally and in New Jersey since 1994, following the onset of the “Back to Sleep” campaign.  That program and other educational initiatives present guidelines for reducing the risk of occurrence that are based on the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

In New Jersey, the SIDS Center of New Jersey provides education about these guidelines for parents, grandparents and other care givers, health care providers, child care workers, first responders, and the general public.  Materials are also available from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders And Perinatal Addiction

In 2004 the term Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) became the umbrella term describing the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy.  These effects may include physical, mental, behavioral, and/or learning disabilities with lifelong implications.

According to the CDC and the U.S. Surgeon General, “There is no known safe amount of alcohol to drink while pregnant.  FASD are considered to be the leading known preventable cause of mental retardation and other birth defects.

The New Jersey Department of Health has been committed to addressing perinatal addiction by providing support to a system of FASD risk reduction and perinatal addiction services. These risk reduction services include referral for treatment and education. For additional information about these services or for more information on the effects of alcohol consumption during pregnancy, please contact the Reproductive and Perinatal Health Services at (609) 292-5616.


Last Reviewed: 11/27/2017