1ST SESSION S. ll
To amend the Public Health Service Act to improve the health of children
and reduce the occurrence of sudden unexpected infant death and to
enhance public health activities related to stillbirth.
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
llllllllll introduced the following bill; which was read twice
and referred to the Committee on llllllllll
To amend the Public Health Service Act to improve the
health of children and reduce the occurrence of sudden
unexpected infant death and to enhance public health
activities related to stillbirth.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa-
tives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Stillbirth and SUID
Prevention, Education, and Awareness Act of 2009’’.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
Congress makes the following findings:
(1) Every year, there are more than 25,000
stillbirths in the United States.
(2) Common diagnosable causes for stillbirth
include genetic abnormalities, umbilical cord acci-
dents, infections, and placental problems.
(3) A number of risk factors for stillbirth have
been described in pregnant women such as maternal
age, obesity, smoking, diabetes, and hypertension.
(4) Because of advances in medical care over
the last 30 years, much more is known about the
causes of stillbirth. But for as many as 50 percent
of stillbirths, the cause is never identified.
(5) Sudden, Unexpected Infant Death (SUID)
is the sudden death of an infant under 1 year of age
that when first discovered did not have an obvious
cause. These include those deaths that are later de-
termined to be from explained as well as unexplained
(6) In 2004, approximately 4,600 infants died
suddenly and unexpectedly of no immediate obvious
cause. Each year approximately 200 deaths of chil-
dren between the ages of 1 and 4 remain une