Being young Māori parents
02 January 2018
Young Māori parents strategically navigate Western parenting expectations, and issues of indigeneity in their construction of early parenting. A culturally based narrative approach to research with young Māori parents revealed personal stories of early parenting located in wider expectations from family and peers, their Indigenous community and society.
The combination of bed sharing and maternal smoking leads to a greatly increased risk of sudden unexpected death in infancy: the New Zealand SUDI Nationwide Case Control Study
03 June 2017
Despite a major reduction in overall infant mortality, sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI) continues to be of concern in New Zealand, as the rate is high by international standards, and is even higher in indigenous Māori.
Wahakura Versus Bassinet for Safe Infant Sleep: A Randomized Trial
03 February 2017
To compare an indigenous sleep device (wahakura) for infants at high risk for sudden unexpected death with a bassinet, for measures of infant sleep position, head covering, breastfeeding, bed-sharing, and maternal sleep and fatigue.
No bed sharing or safer bed sharing?
29 June 2016
Results from the New Zealand cot death study played a pivotal role in the introduction of advice to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) in the early 1990s. Advice to abandon the prone sleeping position for infants was followed by a dramatic reduction in the incidence of SIDS and post-neonatal mortality in New Zealand, as well in the other countries that followed the country’s example. However, as described by Mitchell et al in this issue, the decline in post-neonatal mortality in New Zealand plateaued in the 2000s.