Parents will be able to borrow safe sleep cribs as part of a special project geared to protecting babies at home.

Staff at Nelson Marlborough Health have invested $6000 in 60 new safe sleep pods.

The cots, called Pepi-Pods will be available to families who prefer to co-sleep to borrow and use at home.

More can and will be done to improve the health of New Zealand children, the Ministry of Health has highlighted today on United Nations Universal Children’s Day, November 20.

The day was established in 1954 and is celebrated each year to improve children's welfare, and to promote awareness of children’s issues and rights worldwide.

The birth of a child is where this world begins - it's a belief that drives Louise Hannah's midwifery career.

She has helped countless new mums in the five years since she became a self-employed community midwife, but each one is just as special.

"The way we start in this world, it's big picture stuff," she said. 

New mothers will now have access to breastfeeding help and advice around the clock.

From the end of this month, all PlunketLine staff will be trained lactation specialists who will be able to support breastfeeding mums at any time of day or night thanks to a $500,000 donation from the Wright Family Foundation.

Lakes DHB is launching a new breastfeeding reference card to help mothers and families with new babies. The reference cards are easy-to-read with pictures and useful information for getting breastfeeding under way and dealing with any problems that come up.

Reducing your alcohol consumption can reduce your risk for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

Up to one in two pregnant women may be exposing their unborn child to fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), a University of Otago researcher says.

When Ariana Davis' newborn twins wake in the night, she simply turns to them to comfort their cries.

She is among the west Auckland mums invited to flax-weave their own wahakura (bassinet) to safely co-sleep with babies.

Waitematā DHB launched the safe-sleep classes at Waitākere Hospital three years ago to reduce the risk of sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI)​.