The following pool of research seeks to inform readers about SUDI so that the community is best informed about its associated risk factors.

This research effectively informs our key messaging around SUDI, which is disseminated to a range of stakeholders including whānau, communities and health professionals.

Being young Māori parents

Felicity Ware, Mary Breheny, Margaret Forster

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

Edwin A Mitchell, John MD Thompson, Jane Zuccollo, Melanie MacFarlane, Barry Taylor, Dawn Elder, Alistair W Stewart, Teuila Percival, Nick Baker, Gabrielle McDonald, Beverley Lawton, Martin Schlaud, Peter Fleming

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

Sally A. Baddock, PhD, a,b David Tipene-Leach, MBChB, FNZCPHM (Hon), b Sheila M. Williams, DSc, c Angeline Tangiora, BN, b Raymond Jones, RN, PGDipHealInf, b Ella Iosua, PhD, c Emily C. Macleod, PhD, PGDipClPs, b Barry J. Taylor, MBChB, FRACPb,

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.

Sapere - National Safe Sleep Programme Presentation on key findings

Sapere research group

08 December 2016

National Safe Sleep Programme - Presentation on key findings

Sapere - SUDI Literature Review

Jo Esplin, Emma Doust and Jo Prince

01 December 2016

Literature review of Sudden Unexpected Death in Infants, prepared for the Ministry of Health

Sapere - Report on Hui on the development of a National Safe Sleep Programme

Jo Esplin, Lisa Cherrington, Rebecca Rippon, Emma Doust, Jo Prince

01 December 2016

Report prepared for the Ministry of Health on Hui on the development of a National Safe Sleep Programme

No bed sharing or safer bed sharing?

Göran Wennergren

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.