Hayes Foundation was founded on June 15, 2002 by Kyra Oliver and her friends and family in honor of her 4½-month-old
son, who died of SIDS on June 11, 2002. The Foundation works to create programs and award
grants for SIDS research, support services and public awareness.
For more information about the Hayes Foundation, call 804.708.0033.
The vision of the Hayes Foundation is to contribute to a future
in which no one experiences the loss of a baby to Sudden Infant Death
The mission of the Hayes Foundation is to provide community programs and to select and support organizations that provide services toward the prevention of and education about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
We believe we can best fulfill our vision and accomplish our mission by the following actions:
- Identify worthy organizations
and institutions that:
1) provides research about the cause of SIDS and methods of its prevention
2) provide clinical services which assist pediatricians in the medical
management of infants who are at risk of SIDS
3) provide education about the prevention of SIDS aimed at the
medical community, parents and caregivers
4)provide family support for crisis phone counseling, grief literature
and counseling referrals
- Make grant contributions to the above organizations to assist in furthering their goals, thus meeting the goals of the Hayes Foundation.
- Participate in and create Community Outreach Programs that educate the public about the causes and prevention of SIDS
Following these guidelines may help reduce the risk of SIDS:
- Place your baby on the back to sleep at night and naptime
- Use a firm mattress in a safety-approved crib
- Eliminate fluffy, loose bedding from your baby's sleep area
- Keep your baby's face clear of coverings
- Be careful not to overheat your baby
- Breastfeed if possible
- Don't allow anyone to smoke around your baby
- Consider offering your baby a pacifier at naptime and bed time for the first year (but not for the first month for breastfed babies)
- Do not allow your baby to sleep in an adult bed
- Consider using a fan in the baby’s room for air circulation
- Tell anyone that may keep your baby about This Side UP