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The dark side of co-sleeping – Chief Coroner Judge Deborah Marshall

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on September 8th, 2016.

The key to reducing cot deaths due to co-sleeping is educating and equipping families so they can provide a safe sleeping environment for their children, writes Chief Coroner Judge Deborah Marshall at stuff.co.nz. An excerpt (read in full): There has been some concern surrounding the lack of evidence-based research into the risks of co-sleeping. Coroners […]

Parents most in need of cot death information left out – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on August 23rd, 2016.

Māori parents are less likely to receive ‘safe sleep’ advice despite their babies having a high risk of cot death – unconscious bias in the health system may be to blame. Although Māori babies die of Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI) at almost five times the rate of non-Māori babies, less than half of Māori […]

Change of heart over baby baskets – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on August 4th, 2016.

The Health Minister has reassessed his stance on safe-sleep pods for babies following a New Zealand Herald investigation and advocacy from scientists. NZ Herald investigative reporter Olivia Carville found the Ministry of Health had restricted the reach of flax-woven wahakura, or their plastic counterparts pepi-pods, despite evidence showing they reduce the risk of Sudden Unexpected […]

Simple baby sleeping device could save lives – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on July 11th, 2016.

A simple device thought to improve the safety of babies sharing their parents’ bed has not been supported by the Government, despite numerous calls from coroners. Pepi-pods or wahakura are small bassinets that allow babies to co-sleep with their parents with less risk of Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI), commonly known as cot death. University […]

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