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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 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 […]

Bedsharing with parents a risk for babies – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on May 21st, 2013.

The risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (cot death), is five times higher in babies who share parents’ beds, even when the parents are non-smokers and the mother has not been drinking alcohol and does not use illegal drugs, according to new research. The study is the the largest of it kind and includes data […]

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