In the lead up to Safe Sleep Day on December 7, Hāpai Te Hauora’s National SUDI Prevention Coordination Service will plant harakeke at Māngere Bridge School.

Service manager Fay Selby Law says the aim is to provide a source of pesticide-free harakeke for weavers of wahakura, the sleeping pods developed to keep pepi safe.

More than 2.7 million newborns die each year, and low birth weight and preterm infants in developing countries contribute substantially to this figure.

Te Kohanga Whakawhati Marae in Pahiatua will host the first wahakura wānanga for the Pahiatua community this weekend (3-5 Aug).

Jenny Firmin (rāranga teacher, nō Whanganui) and Hakui Ataneta Paewai will be teaching mothers to be and their whanau the wahakura waikawa style and will be accompanied by health and social service providers.

Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy or SUDI kills 40 to 50 babies a year, and the risk is higher for those whose parents smoke or sleep beside them.

The Moe Ora programme is set to provide 300 wahakura, safe sleeping baskets, to babies most at risk and provide greater support to help parents quit smoking.

Recently we have been referred questions concerning the use and safety of bumper pads in wahakura (flax woven bassinets). Hāpai Te Hauora holds the National Sudden Unexplained Death in Infants (SUDI) Prevention Coordination contract; the best evidence available to Hāpai tells us that wahakura are safest without bumper pads.

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